Calvin Nellum ’14, Bachelor of Science in Physics
Hometown: Fairfax, Virginia
I was recently chosen as a Woodrow Wilson Michigan Teaching Fellow. It’s a national fellows program that prepares science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) graduates to teach in high-need secondary schools.
The Michigan program is supported by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and allows me to attend a Michigan university—in my case Wayne State University— and participate in an intensive master’s level education program.
NSU gave me the foundation to be able to apply for and be accepted into the program. My professors always believed in me. They were consistently telling us about attending graduate school and gave us research opportunities. I feel like NSU gave me the foundation to be prepared for this.
I’m committed to teaching three years in a high-need school in Detroit. When you do what you love, it doesn’t seem like a job. I’m really excited about getting in the classroom and hopefully changing kids’ lives.