Ann Marie Alcocer

Ann Marie Alcocer$100,000 Math Teaching Award

Ann Marie Alcocer, a Lehman College senior, is one of two CUNY seniors to win a 2011 $100,000 Math for America Fellowship to pursue a career teaching math in New York City’s public schools.

Math for America (MfA) is a privately funded nonprofit organization whose generous stipends and continuing support separate it from other organizations that encourage people to go into public school teaching. In New York City, MfA teachers receive a $30,000 stipend plus full-tuition scholarship for a master’s degree in mathematics education in the first year; the remaining $70,000 is paid over the next four years, when fellows also earn a regular teacher’s salary. “I’m ecstatic,” said Alcocer. ”I was encouraged by the fact that other Lehman students have won it.” Indeed, she is the fourth Lehman student to earn an MfA Fellowship. “Maybe by teaching students in middle school, I can give them the skills they need to succeed in high school,” she said.

Said Lehman mathematics and computer science professor Katherine St. John: “Ann Marie really wants to teach, and she has earned the best scholarship in her field.”