Chaparral graduate wins fellowship award

August 9, 2012 by  

Former Chaparral High School graduate Tanya LaMar has recently won the Knowles Science Teaching Fellowship and will begin a career as a teacher in Los Angeles this month.

LaMar was one of 34 new biology, math, and physical science teachers who will start off their new careers with the Fellowship, which includes $175,000 in professional development training over the first five years of their teaching career.

Chaparral math teacher Anne McNulty said:

“She would be a fantastic teacher because of her personality and desire to work hard. She was a polite girl, but she had this sort of backbone. She would not give up on anything.”

A former dancer and cheerleader, LaMar was also senior class secretary at Chaparral in Temecula before moving onto attend Long Beach State, graduating cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in math in 2011. She received her master’s degree in teaching from Stanford University and is the first member of her family to receive a college degree. She begins her career teaching math at Augustus Hawkins High School in Los Angeles.

The Fellowship is given to new teachers as way to support them and encourage them to remain teachers beyond the first five years and to reduce the high number of teachers that leave the profession during that time period. LaMar had to submit three written essays and participate in interviews by phone and in-person before she was ultimately chosen as one of the winners.

The fellowship will include teaching materials and tools, access to advice from educators and leadership courses. Printing services are often utilized by teachers as a way to provide instructional material to students.