Foundation awards fellowships to two alumnae

The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation has named Hanover alumnae Dana Brock-Dietz and Tracy Hood to its inaugural class of Woodrow Wilson MBA Fellows in Education Leadership.

Designed to bring new skills and leadership to some of Indiana’s highest-need schools — and to make the state’s best schools more internationally competitive — the program seeks to recruit and prepare talented educators, and to change teacher preparation.

“Attracting talent in science, technology, engineering and math to the teaching field will help our students better understand and be successful in these fields, which are so important our state’s future success,” said Indiana governor and Hanover alumnus Mike Pence. “Additionally, the new MBA program can prepare our future school administrators with more tools for making sound business and operational decisions. Advanced educational development for our teachers is an investment that will pay dividends to Hoosier students.”

Brock-Dietz, a member of the Hanover class of 2005, currently serves as instructional coach at Avon Community School Corporation (Ind.). Previously, as a child advocacy instructor, she implemented a mobile medical clinic at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital in Tampa, Fla., where she translated Spanish for underserved migrant families.

A member of the Hanover class of 1998, Hood currently serves as instructional coach at Plainfield Community School Corporation (Ind.). A former physics teacher, she developed her own curriculum in the absence of a suitable physics text, as well as a project-based learning lesson to incorporate current physics research into the high school curriculum.

Hood participated in the Langley Aeronautics Research Summer Scholars Program, where she worked with NASA contractors on climate research and helped design, test, and create a new circuit for high-temperature tests in a nuclear magnetic resonance machine.

This Woodrow Wilson MBA Fellowship in Education Leadership, intended for aspiring school principals, charter leaders and district leaders, offers education professionals a new pathway to leadership — an MBA program developed collaboratively by a business school and an education school.
Nominated by their respective schools and districts, then chosen in a selective screening and interview process administered by the foundation, Brock-Dietz and Hood will each receive a $50,000 stipend.

After completion of the program, they have agreed to serve in a leadership role in an Indiana school, charter organization or district for at least three years, with foundation-supported coaching. Brock-Dietz and Hood begin their 13-month program this summer, focusing not only on skills, but also on broader leadership qualities, vision and character.

The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation (www.woodrow.org) identifies and develops leaders to meet the nation’s most critical challenges. In 1945, the foundation was created to meet the challenge of preparing a new generation of college professors. Today, Woodrow Wilson offers a suite of fellowships to address national needs, including the education of teachers and school leaders.