The new Fisher Fellows program will be an important part of these efforts. Through it, we aim to add two new full-time teachers holding two-year positions to our faculty. The fellowship will be nationally competitive and recognized as an opportunity for teachers who have established themselves in their young careers as rising stars to come to Thacher. The fellowship will provide a stipend plus housing, an allowance for moving costs, and professional development funds. Fellowships will be staggered, helping to ease Fellows’ orientation and give them maximum focus from their mentors.
The fellowships will also play a central role in our important efforts to attract a more diverse group of teachers to Thacher. While 40 percent of our students self-identify as a person of color, only 13.5 percent of faculty do the same.
To ensure the program’s success, we plan to leverage the distinction of the fellowships—a Fulbright model—to elicit applications from compelling candidates from around the world. The program will offer us the opportunity to witness these teachers in the classroom, on EDTs, with advisees, and on the fields; selectively offer full-time employment to the very best Fellows who are most capable and aligned with the values of the School; use fellowships as a tool to increase the diversity within our faculty; capture the energy and capabilities of these young teachers on EDTs, on the athletic fields, and in our Horse Program to offset some of the challenges our aging faculty have with these programs; and ensure that our Fellows are a central part of Thacher’s comprehensive professional development program.
Above all, the Fisher Fellows program will be an important tool in bringing teachers into our community who will have the same powerful and lasting impact as those who came before them.