Education Secretary DeVos Announces 2017-18 School Ambassador Fellows

Education Secretary DeVos Announces 2017-18 School Ambassador Fellows

September 29, 2017

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today announced the U.S. Department of Education's 2017 cohort of School Ambassador Fellows. This year's cohort includes four teachers, one principal and one counselor.

"This year, we are thrilled to announce we are expanding the scope of the Teaching and Principal Ambassador Fellowship into the School Ambassador Fellowship. This expanded program will allow all school-based staff members—not just teachers and principals—the opportunity to participate in this important program and provide valuable contributions to the national education dialogue," said U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. "The Fellowship program is designed to improve education for all students by involving practitioners in the development and implementation of national education policy. The Fellows also work directly with Department staff members to inform our understanding of how policies and programs are implemented and experienced by students, educators and families at the local level."

The six new Fellows were at the Department this week for a three-day summit to become more familiar with federal education policy and Department staff, as well as to begin exchanging ideas for enhancing communication between teachers, stakeholders and education policy leaders.

This year's full-time Washington, D.C., Fellow is:

  • Melody Arabo, a third-grade teacher in a hybrid role at Keith Elementary School and the 2015 Michigan Teacher of the Year from West Bloomfield, Michigan.

This year's part-time Fellows are:

  • Elmer Harris, a 5th Grade Teacher at Christa McAuliffe Elementary School from Colorado Springs, Colorado.
  • Matthew Scott Crisp, principal at Jackson Hole High School from Jackson, Wyoming.
  • Patrick O'Connor, an Assistant Dean of College Counseling at Cranbrook Schools, from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.
  • Megan Power, an Elementary Teacher at Design39Campus from San Diego, California.
  • Jennifer Ramsey, a Science Teacher, KIPP DC Heights Academy from Washington, D.C.

The 2017 Fellows build on the work of the previous cohorts, who have now collectively reached and connected with more than 110,000 educators through discussions and events with stakeholders from all 50 states, D.C., four territories and two foreign countries.