Kahului teacher among 53 nationwide selected for inaugural fellowship

Dani de Jesus, who teaches social studies at Maui High School, is among 53 high-performing teachers and National Education Association members selected by the NEA and Teach Plus, a national nonprofit organization based in Boston, to become the inaugural Future of the Profession Fellows.

During a yearlong program, Future of the Profession Fellows will gain a foundation in education policy, research and best practices from around the nation. Together, they will advise the leadership of the NEA on policies that they believe will better serve students and retain excellent teachers.

For the NEA, the partnership represents a move to engage more intensively with union members who are in the first decade of their careers. At an historical moment when teachers with 10 or fewer years’ experience are a new majority of the teaching profession, the fellowship will allow the NEA to invest in these earlier career teachers and ensure that their voices and perspectives are represented, according to an announcement.

Future of the Profession Fellows come from 14 states, representing schools across the country.

In addition to monthly virtual working sessions, they will come together in Washington, D.C., three times over the course of the year to meet with NEA leadership and other key education policymakers.