Lilly Endowment Announces 2013 Teacher Creativity Fellows

The Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment has announced the recipients of its Teacher Creativity Fellowships.

A hundred K-12 teachers, principals, guidance counselors, and school librarians in Indiana will each receive $10,000 to pursue an "imaginative project" that infuses their busy lives with personal renewal and intellectual revitalization. This year's fellows will engage in a range of activities in and beyond the United States, including organic farming, flamenco dancing, ancient architecture, creative writing workshops, fly fishing, and working as a technician in a pharmacogenomics lab.

Selected from a pool of four hundred and fifty applicants, the 2013 class of fellows brings to 2,542 the number of educators who have participated in the program since it began in 1987.

"These individuals are precious resources, and Teacher Creativity Fellowships provide them with an important opportunity for renewal," said Lilly Endowment vice president for education Sara B. Cobb. "Teachers get to become learners again as they explore their own curiosities and dreams, spend time in other parts of the world, pursue personal passions, and just 'get away.' We regularly hear that these experiences have helped many Indiana educators regain their enthusiasm for their profession — and that's a plus for them and their students."

For a complete list of this year's Teacher Creativity Fellows, visit the Lilly Endowment Web site.