Natalie Celeste-Heffernan, an educator who has worked in several local programs, has been selected as the 2008 George Gund Foundation Fellow.
The George Gund Foundation Fellows program, started in 2004, provides an opportunity for promising young professionals to work inside the Foundation, an organization that plays an active role in supporting the civic life of Greater Cleveland and in various national policy deliberations that impact our community. Each fellow, selected from a nationwide pool of applicants, works at the Foundation for two years.
Celeste-Heffernan received her undergraduate degree in religion and women’s studies from Oberlin College and has a master’s degree in education from Ursuline College and a secondary Montessori certification from the Houston Montessori Center. She has worked as a teacher at H. Barbara Booker School in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District and as a teacher and middle school coordinator at Old Brooklyn Montessori School. She also has worked as a program facilitator for the Preparing Academic Leaders Academy, an advisor for the Cleveland Scholarship Program and a planning and policy associate at the Federation for Community Planning.