Campus: CSU, Long Beach -- March 28, 2001
6 Students at California State University,
Long Beach Receive $20,000 Teaching Fellowships from California Governor's
Six students at California State University, Long Beach are among the
first to be selected for the Governor's Teaching Fellowship Program,
a new program that supports persons preparing to teach in California's
The six CSULB students honored include Lamine Boukris, Britt Coose and
Mark La of Huntington Beach, Christopher Donahue of Redondo Beach, Brittney
Lu of Westminster and Michelle Turley of Seal Beach.
Each student is awarded $20,000 to help pay education and living expenses
while enrolled full time in a program accredited by the California Commission
on Teacher Credentialing. A total of 250 fellowships were awarded statewide
to students enrolled during the winter and/or spring terms of 2001.
As a condition of accepting the fellowship, students must commit to
teach at least four years in a school that has scored in the bottom
half of the Academic Performance Index.
"We are pleased to have six of our credential students selected
for these competitive awards," said CSULB President Robert C. Maxson.
"It's important to get more fully credentialed teachers into these
low performing schools as quickly as possible and this component of
Governor Gray Davis' education program is a big step toward that goal."
Boukris, who earned bachelor's and master's degrees in plant pathology
from his native Algeria, has worked as a field naturalist with the Orange
County Department of Education's "Inside the Outdoors" science
program. He is enrolled in the CSULB Single Subject Credential Program
and plans to teach life science in middle school or biology in high
"For years, I felt so sad that my promising science career had
been cut short by the war in my country," Boukris said. "I
am so thankful for the opportunity to use my strong science background
in service to others. I feel like through teaching I've been given a
second chance in life."
Coose, a 2000 CSULB graduate with a bachelor's degree in psychology,
decided to go into teaching after spending time in her daughters' classrooms.
She is enrolled in the Multiple Subject Credential Program and wants
to teach second or third grade.
"I had planned on going into family counseling but I decided I
could help children in a classroom as well as in a counseling office,"
La, a 1999 graduate of UC Irvine with a bachelor's degree in environmental
analysis and design, chose the teaching field after tutoring in Santa
Ana schools. He prefers teaching children in grades three through five.
La and his mother, a CSULB alumna with a bachelor's degree in accounting,
are both enrolled in the Multiple Subject Credential Program.
"I like working with kids who are struggling because I had difficulties
with school, too," La explained. "It wasn't until I had some
really good teachers who took an interest in me personally and my learning
that I began to enjoy school."
Donahue, who graduated from UC Santa Barbara in 1993 with a B.A. in
English, is working toward a master's in English emphasizing literacy
and composition as well as the Single Subject Credential. He plans to
teach language arts at the eighth-grade level.
Turley earned a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from the University
of Arizona in 1993. She is pursuing the Single Subject in physics with
the goal of teaching either middle school physical science or high school
Lu is a student in the Multiple Subject Credential Program. As a double
major, she received her bachelor's degree from CSULB in 1996 in community
health education and school health education. Lu is currently a health
teacher with the Los Angeles Unified School District, and her future
goal is to continue her teaching to help students at a low-performing