June 5, 2007
For immediate release
Three graduate students from UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School win California Retired Teachers Association Awards
The California Retired Teachers Association (CRTA) awarded scholarships to three outstanding graduate students from UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School. Jacob Marshall is the recipient of the Anne Scales Scholarship for a Single Subject Teacher credential candidate and Jennifer Ellis and Nora Keenan are the recipients of the Laura E. Settle Scholarship for Multiple Subject Teacher credential candidates. All three students are Masters Degree candidates in the Teacher Education program at the Gevirtz School. Marshall will receive a scholarship gift of $2,000, while Ellis and Keenan will share the $2,000 Settle Scholarship.
Jacob Marshall, a Single Subject (History) Teacher credential candidate, had worked as a substitute teacher in the Lompoc Unified School District and as the coach of the freshmen baseball team at Cabrillo High School prior to entering the Teacher Education Program. In his letter of application for the scholarship he wrote, “Like Ann Scales, I, too, believe that teachers should have an enthusiasm for life and take it into the classroom. Students deserve a teacher who loves them and loves to teach. In the end, students will become better people that in turn will make for a better society.”
Prior to attending UC Santa Barbara, Jennifer Ellis had volunteered teaching English at an international school in South Korea. In her letter of application for the scholarship she claimed, “My path began in a camera store, standing behind a counter as a sales employee, wondering if my value to society was maximized in such a role. I decided it was not. I realized that the daily challenges and triumphs of teaching in an elementary school classroom would provide the right context for me.”
Nora Keenan has a BA in Dramatic Art from UCSB, but in addition to lightning design work, she substitute taught at Goleta Unified School District prior to her entrance into the Gevirtz School. “I take great pride in my academic work as well as my work in my elementary classroom,” Keenan wrote in her scholarship application. “With each assignment, lesson, and situation, I strive to produce the best work I can at that time.”
Anne Scales, after whom the Single Subject Teacher credential candidate scholarship is named, was a counselor at Santa Barbara High School for 32 years prior to her retirement. Scales believes that it is important for a teacher to have an enthusiasm for life and teachers should bring a broad base of interests and experiences into the classroom. In an interview she commented that teachers “should not only teach, but also be interested in helping young people.”
Recipients of the Laura E. Settle Scholarships must not only have outstanding academic records but also a record of exemplary character and citizenship.
[Jacob Marshall, Jennifer Ellis, and Nora Keenan are available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]
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