Fellows Program at Trinity

Trinity School is proud to be in partnership with the Day School Teaching Residency (DSTR) program at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. In connection with eleven other leading day schools, the program seeks to weave together a hands-on teaching experience with coursework in the pedagogical underpinnings of education to foster the development of strong and highly qualified independent school teachers. 

The DSTR program prepares participants to be:
  • Outstanding teachers: Trained to meet the growing needs of a dynamic teaching landscape.
  • Self-reflective professionals: Willing and able to develop strategies for studying and improving their own teaching.
  • Leaders: Equipped to plan, build, and evaluate new curriculum and programs.
Over the course of two years, teaching fellows will earn a master of science in education (M.S. Ed.) at the University of Pennsylvania through the completion of ten course units, including intensive on-site sessions, innovative and collaborative distance learning, and the completion of an inquiry project. Grounded in theory and practice, the ISTR integrates the expertise of professional educators from leading institutions—scholars and practitioners alike—with a unique cohort of teaching fellows from other independent schools participating in the program. More information on the DSTR can be found here.

While earning their M.S. Ed degree, fellows spend two years at Trinity learning their craft under the supervision and mentorship of a master teacher.  In their first year, fellows spend a significant number of hours observing their mentor and other teachers within and outside of their department to learn best practices, begin to develop their own teaching style and build a strong network of educators. Simultaneously, fellows gradually gain experience in the classroom, under the guidance and supervision of their mentors, first by teaching individual lessons and eventually taking over teaching responsibilities of a single class. The mentor teacher remains the teacher of record for that class and works closely with the fellow to shape and implement lesson plans. In their second year, fellows take on the responsibility of teaching two classes. They are supervised by the principal and department chair while they continue to receive support from their mentor. Throughout the two years, each Fellow is surrounded by a community of Trinity educators that will support the transition from observer to teacher through feedback, evaluation and observations.
In both years, Fellows are expected to become involved in the life of the school beyond the classroom.

This program is one way Trinity is working to fulfill its commitment to create a school community that reflects the cultural and ethinic diversity of our great city and create pathways that develop highly qualified educators who will go on to be members of the independent school community. 

For current openings, click here.

Emily Noblesala

Emily, who grew up in Queens, New York, comes to Trinity as a recent graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University, where she earned a BA in mathematics and an MA in teaching. While attending university, Emily enjoyed participating in various extracurricular activities, such as the New Jersey Student Education Association, playing on the volleyball team, and coaching club volleyball. She is also a program director for a youth group. Emily is currently pursuing an MA in education from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. In her free time, Emily enjoys traveling, going to Zumba class, kayaking, and trying out new restaurants. She is also a sports fan and loves going to Yankees baseball and Giants football games.  Emily coaches JV Volleyball here at Trinity and is ecstatic about joining the community both on the court and in the classroom.

Bolaji Ekhator

Bolaji is a Boston, Massachusetts native and is an alumnus of St. Mark’s School and Amherst College. While at Amherst, he majored in political science with a concentration in leadership studies and political economy. Bolaji’s senior honors thesis examined the effects of housing discrimination in public education. While at Amherst, he worked with the office of admissions to promote access to higher education through volunteer and advocacy work and was a four-year member, and captain of the football team.  Bolaji is currently pursuing a master’s degree in education at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. In his free time, he visiting family, reading, binge-watching Westworld and Black Mirror, and attending New York sporting events. Bolaji is excited to explore the boundless opportunities New York City has to offer and is thrilled to join the Trinity community.

Heidy Rodriguez

Heidy is a proud alumna of De La Salle Academy and The Calhoun School.  At Vassar College, she double-majored in English and film, and explored the liberal arts arena enjoying everything from cognitive science to urban studies.  Heidy is especially interested in the intersectional potential between literature and cinema.  She recently completed a one-year teaching fellowship at Urban School of San Francisco.  Heidy is currently pursuing an MA in education from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education.  Her return to the East Coast has reinvigorated her New Yorker spirit—as a Queens native, she is an MTA aficionado.  In her free time, Heidy enjoys long walks on city blocks and woolgathers about mountain rocks.  Heidy is delighted to be part of the Trinity School community.

Margaret Sawyer

Maggie comes to Trinity from Haverford College. She is pursuing an M.S.Ed. from the University of Pennsylvania. Maggie is delighted to join Trinity’s Classics Department. Her favorite ancient author is Ovid, and she loves discussing gender and power dynamics of the ancient world. Aside from classical studies, Maggie is passionate about advocating for LGBTQ rights and mental health care equity. She can often be found watching rugby and exploring New York's pizza scene. Maggie is a proud native of Shaker Heights, Ohio, and she is ready to jump in and embrace the Trinity community.
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Located on Upper West Side of New York City, Trinity School is a college preparatory, coeducational independent school for grades K-12. Since 1709, Trinity has provided a world-class education to its students with rigorous academics and outstanding programs in athletics, the arts, peer leadership, and global travel.