Project TEACH Names New Student Participants
Posted September 2, 2002
HOLLAND -- Project TEACH, an incentive scholarship
program at Hope College geared toward helping minority
students become teachers, has chosen a seventh group of
participating high school students.
Monica Martinez, Tung Nguyen, Diego Romero and
Wanda Turner, all of the Holland area, have joined the
program beginning with the new 2002-03 school year. They
will be recognized during a reception at the college's Maas
Center auditorium on Thursday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m.
The public is invited. Admission is free.
"I am excited about this group of new students,"
said Barbara Albers, director of Project TEACH. "They bring
enthusiasm, commitment, and a shared vision of a new future
for themselves and for the students they will influence in
the future. I know they will each develop into an excellent
teacher that Hope College will be proud to call one of its
Project TEACH (Teachers Entering a Career Through
Hope) provides mentoring and instructional support for the
high schoolers, who begin as sophomores or juniors. The
program also provides scholarship aid for the participants
as Hope students. The program's goal is to help local
students while increasing the number of minorities who
become teachers locally.
The program enrolled its first high school
students in the fall of 1996. A total of 21 are now
participating, including 12 who are students at Hope.
"I am also very pleased to see 12 of our Project
TEACH students on the Hope campus now," Albers said. "Four
freshmen join this year's freshman class, and we will have
our first two college graduates this spring."
Martinez is a sophomore at West Ottawa High
School, and the daughter of Antonio and Crystl Martinez of
Holland. Her activities have included church activities,
working at the General Store, mission trips and
cheerleading. She is interested in teaching English at the
high school level.
Nguyen is a junior at West Ottawa High School, and
the son of Thanh and Dinh Nguyen of Holland. His activities
have included baseball and football, and involvement with
Rotary. He is considering teaching mathematics at the high
Romero is a sophomore at Holland High School, and
the son of Rosario and Petra Romero of Holland. His
activities have included Hope College Upward Bound and
serving as a volunteer during Tulip Time. He is interested
in teaching English as a second language or mathematics at
the middle school or high school level.
Turner is a sophomore at Holland High School, and
the daughter of Eva Turner of Holland. Her activities have
included band, Boys and Girls Club, and Urban Youth
Ministries. She is considering teaching kindergarten or
In addition to this year's new students, the
program's participants are: Kristine Brandt, a freshman at
Hope; Justine Campos, a senior at Holland High School;
Allison Cuellar, a freshman at Hope; Tiffani Delaney, a
junior at Holland High School; Kristina Kyles, a junior at
Hope; Kristina Martinez, a junior at Hope; Yadira Martinez,
a senior at Holland High School; Ericka Morales, a freshman
at Hope; Jessica Nykamp-Schwander, a junior at West Ottawa
High School; Dinah Rios, a sophomore at Hope; Adam
Rodriguez, a sophomore at Hope; Pannha Sann, a sophomore at
Hope; Meyly Sew, a senior at Hope; Pong Somprasong, a junior
at Holland High School; Sonia Soto, a senior at Hope; Dina
Vathanaphone, a junior at Hope; and Antoine Williams, a
freshman at Hope.