Riecke Professional Development Fellowship

About the Program

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

Application Process

Fellowships are awarded to individuals (up to $3,000) and/or teaching teams (up to $5,000). Applications are due in mid February and awards are announced by April 1st.

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Riecke Fellowship by the Numbers


awarded in 5 Fellowships for summer 2024


awarded to 88 educators (2004-2024)

Congratulations to the Summer 2024 Riecke Fellows

Amy Rowe, Talaya Hampton and Kyndell Pierce-Tuttle

South Orange Middle Teachers




Summer Writing Institute for Racial Equality in Literacy in Washington, DC

where they will explore the role of writing as a critical tool for students to affirm their identities and develop their authentic voices.

Kate Facto

Special Education Teacher, Clinton School




SEED New Leaders Training

She will return to lead sessions for SOMSD colleagues that promote multiculturalism and social justice and support the District’s goal of creating a more equitable and empathic learning environment.

Megan Hellthaler/Erin Bolstad

Marshall Reading Specialists




The Big Sky Literacy Summit in Bozeman, MT

to study teaching strategies based on the Science of Reading.

Jennifer McDowell

CHS Guidance Counselor




National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators Conference in Milwaukee, WI

where she will deepen her understanding of the range of funding options available to college applicants so she can better advocate for CHS students and their families.


Diane Leick

Speech Teacher, MMS




an in-depth online workshop that will reinforce the skills she gained last year at a Lindamood-Bell Visualizing and Verbalizing seminar.

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

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