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Linda Luna ’07 Recipient of the Pearson Teacher Fellowship

Linda Luna
As a Pearson Teaching Fellow, Linda Luna '07 will be teaching preschoolers from low-income communities in New York City.

Linda Luna ’07 has been selected as a Pearson Teacher Fellow. She is among a select group of graduating seniors to become one of just twenty-four Fellows across the United States.

The Pearson Teacher Fellowship was created through a unique partnership between Jumpstart and Pearson to help passionate and dedicated college graduates continue their efforts in achieving Jumpstart’s mission of working toward the day every child in America enters school prepared to succeed.

Luna participated in Jumpstart as a first-year and sophomore student at Pitzer and during her senior year was a Jumpstart team leader. A theatre major originally from Long Beach, California, Luna hopes to one day open a children’s theatre company. As a Pearson Teacher Fellow she is eager to share her love of learning with children.

“I hope to make my classroom a safe environment where learning through play iscombined to meet social and learning objectives,” she said. “While achieving these objectives I will strive to empower students by encouraging them to understand that they have the knowledge to change the minds of those who may not believe in them. I hope to build a community with my class and my staff,” she continued.

Luna is grateful for the opportunity Pitzer gave her to work for Jumpstart as well as for the support of the College’s faculty, staff and community through her years of learning from and teaching preschoolers. “At Pitzer I met wonderful friends who shared the same passion for educating and being educated,” she said.

Linda Luna
Linda Luna '07 reads to a preschooler at the Jumpstart for a Day Literacy Fair held on Pitzer's campus in March 2007.

As a Pearson Teacher Fellow, Luna will be teaching preschoolers (ages three to five) from low-income communities in New York City using the skills she acquired during her four years at Pitzer. She recently completed two weeks of intensive training in Boston, Massachusetts, and joins more than fifty current Fellows in thirty cities in fifteen states. After completing her two-year Fellowship, Luna would like to pursue a graduate degree in applied theatre.

Luna is Pitzer’s fifth Pearson Teacher Fellow.

—Emily Cavalcanti

About the Pearson Teacher Fellowship

Jumpstart and the Pearson businesses share a passion for education and inspiring people to reach their full potential. These shared goals and values led Jumpstart and Pearson to create the Pearson Teacher Fellowship in 2001. Each year, the Pearson Teacher Fellowship affords the opportunity for a select group of achievement-oriented college graduates to enter the early education field by becoming preschool teachers in Head Start and other early learning centers serving at-risk children.

This program provides more teachers for early childhood education, expands the number of children reached by a well-trained adult, and offers invaluable experience to the Fellows. Through this program, Jumpstart and Pearson hope to have a deep impact on the early education field by creating a growing pipeline of well trained, highly educated teachers dedicated to improving the school readiness of the children they teach. The Fellowship provides qualified individuals with a stipend, intensive training, and membership in a network of teachers and early childhood professionals who provide continued support throughout the school year.

About Jumpstart

Jumpstart is a national early education organization that works toward the day every child in America enters school prepared to succeed. Through extraordinary attention in yearlong one-to-one relationships, Jumpstart inspires children to learn, adults to teach, families to get involved, and communities to progress together. Headquartered in Boston, Jumpstart pairs 3,100 trained adults one-to-one with preschool children in need of assistance. During the 2006-07 program year, Jumpstart is serving nearly 12,000 children in sixty-four communities across nineteen states and the District of Columbia, in partnership with 225 Head Start and other early learning centers across the country.