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2 area students among 30 Wilson Fellows

Andrew Alvarez of Fort Wayne and Kyle Penrod of Warren are among 30 teachers named Woodrow Wilson Indiana Teaching Fellows.

Gov. Mike Pence today announced the class of fellows, who will be trained to teach math and science in Indiana schools. They are top recent college graduates or people accomplished in science, math, engineering and technology, the sponsoring Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation said in a statement.

The statement said the fellows are to receive $30,000 stipends to complete a special master's program at Ball State, Purdue, the University of Indianapolis or Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis.

It said those universities have developed a yearlong teacher preparation experience in local classrooms, as well as specific teaching approaches for science, mathematics, engineering and technology.

Alvarez, a chemical engineering graduate of Purdue University, will attend Ball State, as will Penrod, an applied mathematics/physics graduate of Ball State.

Fellows commit to teach for at least three years in a high-need Indiana school, with ongoing support and mentoring, the statement said, and will be ready to enter their own classrooms in fall 2014.

The program is funded with grants from the Lilly Endowment and supplemental state support, the statement said, adding Ohio, Michigan and New Jersey also offer such fellowships.