Nine teachers from the Rowan-Salisbury School System (RSSS) entered into Catawba College’s new Masters of Education in STEM on a full tuition scholarship.

According to WBTV, the nine teachers were able to enter into the new program that started earlier this month thanks to a private donation of $300,000 from local philanthropist Fred Stanback.

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The nine teachers are math and science teachers, seven from middle schools, one from high school and one from Early College. Those teachers are: Jennifer Bain, Jennifer Barbee, Jenna Bernard, Crystal Brown, Cindy Miller, Angela Peterson, Cristin Ritchie, Aliyah Sloop and Jamesha Thomas.

The collaboration of the college with the local school system is designed to be an incentive for teachers. After the elimination of salary incentives for teachers with master’s degrees, the collaboration is designed to encourage teachers to pursue their own education without having the financial burden of going back to school.

The nine teachers will be the first cohort to go through the two-year program. By 2017, these teachers will have earned their M.Ed. STEM. Courses such as School Curriculum and Research Methods for Classroom Teachers will allow the teachers to explore interested and learn transferable skills that can help strengthen education for students in STEM.

More information about the RSSS and Catawba College partnership as well as the M.Ed. STEM offered by the college can be found on the Catawba College website.