Judy Chavez, Kory Rapanut, and Jacqueline Williams from UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School are the recipients of the 2009 Lamb Family Fellowships. This fellowship, made possible by a generous endowment by Dick and Peggy Lamb, is intended to support beginning special education teachers who are dedicated to a long-term professional commitment of working directly with students and their families in school settings. Chavez, Rapanut, and Williams are all in the Education Specialist Credential program at UC Santa Barbara and are also earning their M.Eds.
In her application letter for the fellowship Jacqueline Williams expressed sentiments similar to the other two candidates when listing her strengths as an ESC teacher: “My incredible ability to put myself in the shoes of my students and their families. I strive to relate to the goals and dreams of all of my students, as well as the struggles and obstacles they face in their daily lives. I ensure that each student, regardless of the severity of their disability, is treated with dignity, respect, and of equal importance that I would give my own family members. I ensure each and every student that crosses my path never goes unnoticed, is guaranteed one-hundred percent of my time and energy, and is consistently reminded of their “abilities” and never held back by their “disabilities. I support and strive for effective inclusion practices and assist students with special needs in becoming successful and confident while interacting with typical peers in general education settings.”
During her years as a student at UC Santa Barbara, Peggy Lamb worked as a recreation counselor and teacher at Devereaux Schools. She went on to teach in a Special Day class at Franklin Elementary School in the Santa Barbara School District. Most recently she worked as a Resource Specialist for the Hope School District. She is currently the chair of the Dean’s Council for the Gevirtz School. The Dean’s Council members serve as a resource of ideas and connections to potential partners who are vital to furthering the vision and the values of the Gevirtz School.
[Judy Chavez, Kory Rapanut, and Jacqueline Williams are available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]
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