Five local students named Teaching Fellows

Five Lexington-Richland School District Five students have been awarded the South Carolina Teaching Fellowship.

The five students who were selected will receive up to $24,000 in fellowship funds from this program.

The students include: Will Cosper (Chapin High School), Lakin Luoma (Chapin High School), Taylor Pierce (Chapin High School), Kendall Delong (Irmo High School), and Olivia Harmon (Spring Hill High School).

“It is with a great sense of pride that I mention these five students that were accepted into the Teaching Fellows program,” said School District Five Chief Instructional Officer Michael Guliano. “These students successfully completed a teacher preparation program in our high schools and now have the chance to continue their learning in college. Our goal is for these students to return to teach in School District Five upon their college graduation.”

The state’s Teaching Fellows Program, operated by the Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention, and Advancement (CERRA), was established in 1999 by the S.C. General Assembly. The mission of the South Carolina Teaching Fellows Program is to recruit talented high school seniors into the teaching profession and help them develop leadership qualities. A Fellow agrees to teach in a South Carolina public school one year, for every year he/she receives the Fellowship.

Applicants for the program undergo a selection process that includes an online application, an interview and presentation in front of a team of three educators, and a scored response.

The 2020-21 Teaching Fellows application will be available to high school seniors in South Carolina online on September 1.

For more information about the South Carolina Teaching Fellows Program, visit

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