Ian Fay, a 2008 graduate of UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School Teacher Education Program, established and funded a “Grocery Grant” for the 2008-09 M.Ed. candidates. The initial recipient of the grant is Tatiana Karas, who has previously been awarded a Dr. J Teaching Fellowship, a Glikbarg Fellowship, and was named a 2008-09 Dean’s Council Scholar.
Ian Fay, who himself was a recipient of the Dr. J Student Teacher Fellowship last year when he earned his single subject teaching credential and an M.Ed., is an English teacher at Andrew P. Hill High School in San Jose, Calif. Fay says, “The program is wonderful, but difficult. All assistance helps: large or small, smile or grant. Hopefully, I helped with both and with some luck and hard work, I hope to be able to do so even more in the future.”
Tatiana Karas is a multiple subject teaching credential candidate. Her undergraduate degree is from George Washington University, where she volunteered at inner city schools with an Americorps program called Jumpstart and worked at the Children’s National Medical Center as an advocate for low-income families in need of shelter, food, work, and education. Her junior year she studied abroad in South Africa, volunteering at an orphanage in the Khayelitsha township and helping with the mobile medical clinic which drove into impoverished townships to provide care to patients. Tatiana hopes to work with elementary school children from low-income families so that I could make a difference in their lives. Currently, she works at Harding Elementary School in the A-OK program, where she works with a lot of children who come from broken families and low-income households.
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