WEST ORANGE, NJ - Carmen Gordillo, a Language Arts teacher at Liberty Middle School in West Orange, has received an Edward Fry Endowed Graduate Fellowship at Rutgers University.
In addition to teaching in the West Orange School district since 2004, Ms. Gordillo is a doctoral student at the Rutgers Graduate School of Education. She will accept the fellowship for ‘Doctoral students in literacy demonstrating scholarly promise at the Middle or near the end of their program,’ at the Rutgers Reading and Writing Conference in the spring. She has been a teacher for 16 years.
Ms. Gordillo's advisor at Rutgers is Dr. Lesley Morrow. She received her masters degrees from Teachers College, Columbia University and one from New Jersey City University.
Dr. Richard De Lisi, Dean and Professor at the Rutgers Graduate School of Education explained that the fellowship acknowledges Ms. Gordillo’s scholarship accomplishment as a doctoral student, bringing distinction to both her and the Rutgers Graduate School of Education.
Ms. Gordillo’s dissertation proposal has already been approved by the Rutgers University Institutional Review Board, and she will begin research in the Spring of 2014.
Liberty Middle School Principal Robert Klemt was thrilled for Gordillo, who has been teaching at Liberty for the past few years. He said, “Ms. Gordillo’s award of the Fry Fellowship brings distinction to the West Orange Public Schools.”
"More than 70% of teachers in the West Orange Public School district have advanced degrees with an additional 13% working towards their masters, and 14 teachers hold doctorates,” he noted.