Riecke Professional Development Fellowship

About the Program

Achieve’s Michelle T. Riecke Fellowship funds summer professional development opportunities for faculty members.

Application Process

The deadline to apply for summer 2024 awards was Feb 23rd. Stay tuned for news about check presentations on April 11-12, 2024.

Fellowships are awarded to individuals (up to $3,000) and/or teaching teams (up to $5,000).

Already received a fellowship? Complete the Project Evaluation

Riecke Fellowship by the Numbers


awarded in 5 Fellowships for summer 2024


awarded to 88 educators (2004-2024)

Congratulations to the Summer 2023 Riecke Fellows

Ashley Grutta


Music Teacher at Marshall School






Elemental Music and Dance Pedagogy in Orff Schulwerk at the Orff Institute of Mozarteum University in Salzburg, Austria.

where she participated in sessions focused on body movement, dance, singing, listening, playing and how to connect with ourselves and each other.

Yves Hart


K-5 Instructional Coach






Model School Conference in Orlando

where she attended sessions that center on student-focused outcomes through quality instructional practices in areas of curricular practices to social emotional learning.

Chasity Tedeschi


CHS Biology Teacher






“Evolution of a Teacher” development program focused on ecology and conservation through the Ecology Project International (EPI) in the Galapagos Islands.

The Fellowship’s Legacy

The Michelle T. Riecke Teaching Fellowship was established with the Achieve Foundation in 2004 in memory of former Board of Ed president Shelley Riecke, who passed away at age 39.

The Fellowship fosters outstanding teaching by enabling educators to undertake continuing education in their fields in the summer, and inspiring them to share the new knowledge they acquire with their District colleagues upon their return to school.


While fellowships are awarded for both subject-specific and broader educational interests, faculty are encouraged to look for programs that nurture their professional passion.

Please contact us with any questions about a program of interest at: rieckefellowship@achievefoundation.org

Contact Us


Prior Recipients & Programs

View the List