Alumni

We find great value in staying connected with alumni and involving them in our programming. If you are interested in giving back to the ACES program or staying connected, please consider joining our ACES / Teaching Fellows Database. 

The ACES program was founded to continue the work of Appalachian State University Teaching Fellows cohort program, excluding the fifty $26,000 scholarships that had been awarded each year by the North Carolina Teaching Fellows Program and state-wide programming organized by the Public School Forum of North Carolina. The Appalachian State University Teaching Fellows staff, with the support of Reich College of Education Dean Charles Duke and Chancellor Kenneth Peacock, created the Appalachian Community of Education Scholars (ACES) in 2013. The program was tentatively created in 2012 by combining the Yosef Education Scholars (YES) program with the Future Educators Residential Learning Community before being formally initiated in 2013. The Reich College of Education’s Teaching Fellows Office transitioned to become the James Center for Appalachian Educators in 2013, named for Steve and Judy James. Since that time the James Center has expanded its services and rebranded in 2017 to become the James Center for Student Success & Advising.

Given our program's rich history, we have alumni serving in a variety of roles across the state and beyond. Members of the ACES graduating classes have gone on to achieve great things.

Some recent highlights include: 

  • NCCAT 2021 Prudential NC Beginning Teacher Finalist
    • Charlcy Carpenter, ACES ‘19
  • Caldwell County Schools Beginning Teacher of the Year
    • Cori Rash, ACES '17
  • Cleveland County Schools Beginning Teacher of the Year
    • Charlcy Carpenter, ACES ‘19
  • Orange County Schools Beginning Teacher of the Year
    • Antonia Kolosieke, ACES ‘18
  • Watauga County Schools Rookie Teacher of the Year
    • Audrey Jones, ACES ‘20
    • Benjamin Brown, ACES '19
    • Kari Riddle, ACES '18