Teachers, Coaches, Administrators Named Heinemann Fellows


The Heinemann Fellows are a select group of accomplished educators who share the goal of advancing the teaching profession. Chosen from a host of highly qualified candidates, they will use their fellowships to engage in individual research projects that address challenges faced by schools across the country. These research projects will be informed by their own personal experiences as teachers.

The 2018 Heinemann Fellows are a diverse group of teachers, coaches, and administrators who exemplify the highest professional standards and a passionate commitment to students. They represent a range of grade levels, content areas, and backgrounds and share a collective interest to learn from one another, a desire to share what they know, and the potential to impact the teaching profession. 

Today, Heinemann is pleased to announce a new cohort of fellows, the 2018–2020 class, selected from over 400 applicants. They are:

  • Irene Castillon, San Jose, California
  • Marian Dingle, Peachtree Corners, Georgia
  • Janelle Henderson, Louisville, Kentucky
  • Julie Kwon Jee, Hopewell Junction, New York
  • Brian Melton, Palatine, Illinois
  • Nicole Stellon O'Donnell, Fairbanks, Alaska
  • Minjung Pai, Los Angeles, California
  • David Rockower, Boalsburg, Pennsylvania
  • Nina Sudnick, Athens, Ohio
  • Islah Tauheed, Bronx, New York
  • Julia Torres, Thornton, Colorado

The group will meet regularly throughout their fellowships to share findings and feedback. Together, they will refine data gathering, inform further research plans, and help interpret results. Their work will then be shared through Heinemann’s various publication channels.

Ellin Oliver Keene, Heinemann Fellows chairperson, recently spoke of her excitement for the incoming cohort: “The third cohort of Heinemann Fellows is about to take the education world by storm! Like their cohort one and two counterparts, we anticipate transformational discussion, provocative writing, and consistent access to new thinking for all educators. ... As chairperson of Heinemann Fellows, it is my privilege to learn alongside these outstanding educators, but my fondest hope is that they inspire us all to become action researchers. 

Not long after the new cohort's first meeting in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, in June, you can expect to start hearing about what problems of practice they’re going to tackle through their action research projects. The Heinemann Fellows webpage and blog will regularly feature the writing and work of these educators. 

This blog post originally appeared on the Heinemann blog on April 30, 2018.

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