August 14, 2007
For immediate release
UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School Announces a New Vivian Guerrier Hope Scholarship in the Teacher Education Program to Support Credential Students
UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School is pleased to announce a new scholarship for students working towards their teaching credentials in the Teacher Education Program (TEP). The scholarship is created to honor longtime Gevirtz School staff member Vivian Guerrier, who is retiring after more than a decade of service to the GGSE and Credential students. This annual scholarship will be awarded to a student who demonstrates the sense of personal courage and hope that Vivian Guerrier embodied as a stalwart member of the Gevirtz School community.
Suzanne Raphael, Director of the Gevirtz School’s Credential Office, says, “Faced with great challenges, Vivian dedicated her life in the GGSE to serving students and exemplified how one person can ‘make a difference’ in the lives of others. In the ordinary circumstances of her daily work she provided a gracious and welcoming environment for students and was an inspiration for everyone. She believed in the mission of the Teacher Education Program, and in the good that was being done for others. Through the ‘hope’ scholarship we want to recognize and encourage students who, like Vivian, persevere in spite of hardships to accomplish their vision to become educators, and who inspire others with their courage and integrity.”
The Teacher Education Program at the Gevirtz School offers the Multiple-Subject, the Single-Subject and the Level I and Level II Education Specialist Moderate/Severe Teaching Credentials with a Master’s Degree in Education. These programs provide future teachers with a solid theoretical foundation integrated with extensive fieldwork that leads to both a California State Teaching Credential and a Master’s Degree in Education. The programs are run as a cohort, with the elementary and secondary cohorts no larger than 60 students each. This allows for the individualized attention necessary for high level preparation of reflective, skilled practitioners who can meet the needs of a diversity of learners in California schools. The Teaching Credential Programs are full-time, post-graduate programs that begin in June and conclude the following June. Teacher candidates have the option to work on the Master’s Degree concurrent with credential coursework.
Those interested in making a donation to the Vivian Guerrier Hope Scholarship Fund can make tax-deductible gifts payable to “The UCSB Foundation” and mail them to: Office of Development, Gevirtz Graduate School of Education, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106-9490 or call 805.893.5994 for assistance.
[Suzanne Raphael is available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]
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Photo Caption: The plaque honoring Vivian Guerrier when she was named one of UC Santa Barbara's Unsung Heroes in 2004.