Loyola students receive Teaching Fellows for Maryland Scholarships
| By Andrew Aldrich
Loyola University Maryland graduate students Caroline Piotrowski, ’08, MAT ’23, and Bradley Hartman, MAT ’23, were awarded Teaching Fellows for Maryland Scholarships from the Maryland Higher Education Commission. The scholarship is awarded to students who pledge to teach in a Maryland public school or public prekindergarten in which 50% of the students are eligible for free or reduced-price meals.
The Teaching Fellows for Maryland Scholarship pays for tuition, fees, and a housing allowance. Additionally, Loyola is one of four private universities in Maryland that provide matching tuition awards.
“As a Jesuit institution, Loyola University Maryland is proud to match the Teaching Fellows for Maryland Scholarship award as part of our mission to develop highly effective and ethical leaders in education,” said Melissa Mulieri, Master of Arts in Teaching program director at Loyola. “The matching tuition program creates opportunities for aspiring educators—like Caroline Piotrowski and Bradley Hartman—to make a positive and lasting impact in our schools and communities.”
Caroline Piotrowski, ’08, MAT ’23, is pursuing her Master of Arts in Teaching with Art Certification in grades pre-K-12 at Loyola.
“Art fosters creativity, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration. These skills are crucial to children’s understanding and transfer of knowledge,” Piotrowski said. “I enjoy connecting with children and being a positive influence in their lives. I’ve been inspired by my teachers and want to be that same significant influence and assist children to achieve in their education, careers, and goals.”
Piotrowski spent 10 years working in sales and four years teaching English online to speakers of other languages. Most recently, she worked for Harford County Public Schools and supported students as a classroom support program special education paraeducator. A resident of Abingdon, Maryland, she plans to fulfill the service obligation of the scholarship by teaching in Harford County.
Bradley Hartman, MAT ’23, is pursuing his Master of Arts in Teaching with Secondary Social Studies Certification in grades seven to 12 at Loyola. His family supported him through his undergraduate studies in sociology.
“I am incredibly grateful for this opportunity. One of my proudest moments was to finally be able to tell my parents that they no longer have to worry,” Hartman said.
Prior to pursuing his Master of Arts in Teaching, Hartman worked part time in human resources at a law firm. A resident of Baltimore, he plans to fulfill his service obligation in Baltimore County or the surrounding area.
The convenience of Loyola’s full-time, one-year, fully online option attracted Piotrowski and Hartman to the Master of Arts in Teaching program.