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Coatimundi Middle School teachers selected as STEM teaching fellows at University of Notre Dame

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  • Dr. Carol Cullen/ Santa Cruz Valley Unified School District No. 35

From Left: Coatimundi Middle School Teachers Christina Williams, Alex Palumbo And Jennifer Huerta Were Selected As Fellows In The 2018 Cohort Of The Trustey Family STEM Teaching Fellows Program At The University Of Notre Dame. Photo Courtesy Santa Cruz Valley Unified School District

This summer, Coatimundi Middle School teachers Alex Palumbo (7th grade Math), Jennifer Huerta (8th grade Math), and Christina Williams (8th grade Science and Math) were selected as Fellows in the 2018 Cohort of the Trustey Family STEM Teaching Fellows program at the University of Notre Dame.

Coatimundi is one of 10 schools selected from across the nation whose teachers were chosen for the 2018 Cohort of the Fellows program – the fourth cohort since the program started in 2015.

The Trustey Family STEM Teaching Fellows focuses on improving teaching and learning in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) for middle school students.

Fellows attend three Summer Institutes at the University of Notre Dame, the first of which was in July 2018. Throughout the school year, Palumbo, Huerta and Williams, will receive content specific coaching and support from program mentors as they expand access to and opportunities for STEM learning at Coatimundi.

“I am very proud of my teachers,” said Coatimundi Principal Rebekah Cabrera. “They are hard working and dedicated professionals who are willing to grow, learn and share. Just from their two week experience at Notre Dame, they have brought back many great ideas and strategies that are currently being used in their classrooms and shared with staff. STEM strategies and lessons are being implemented in the classrooms where students are excited to learn and engaged in complex tasks that reflect real-world situations. I look forward to what they will continue to learn and bring back for our students and colleagues at Coatimundi Middle School.”

Santa Cruz Valley Unified School District No. 35 is a growing, dynamic school district covering approximately 267 square miles. The district operates five schools. Approximately 3,500 students are enrolled during the 2018-2019 school year.

Trustey Family STEM Teaching Fellows: For more information, visit