Stacey B. Ayers, a senior elementary education major at Fayetteville State University, is the recipient of the Hattie M. Strong Foundation Scholarship for spring 2015. The Strong Scholarship supports undergraduate teacher education candidates in their final year of school.
Stacey is doing her student teaching in kindergarten at Greenwood Elementary School in Lee County. She says: "I love my 22 children and am enjoying every minute of my student teaching." She loves reading and tries to model that love of reading for her students. Stacey has a deep love for her family, her faith, and her students. It always has been her life's dream to be a teacher, ever since she home-schooled her own children for fifteen years. She began her education as a dual -enrolled student at Central Carolina Community College in Lee County, NC. Stacey says she wants to be "the light that shines" in the lives of students and wants to make a difference in the world by mentoring and teaching students of today to become leaders of tomorrow.
Congratulations to Quindara Burke, our Elementary Education major, who was selected to attend the Women of Power Summit, March 2015, in Ft. Lauderdale Florida. The purpose of the summit is to gain access to and learn from industry leaders about how to optimize the individual's potential for professional advancement. To participate in interactive workshops and sessions that examine corporate trends, leadership and management skills, and small business issues. The participant gets to network with executive women from across the country, and enjoy restorative activities such as morning workouts, golf clinics, one-on-one coaching sessions, nightly entertainment, and much more.
I am Quindara Burke; a 21 year old junior at Fayetteville State University. I am an Elementary Education major with a concentration in reading. I was born in Syracuse, New York and moved to Charlotte, North Carolina in December of 2004. I live with my mother, father, and three brothers. I am currently serving as president of Future Educators' Club, a member of Bronco Women Organization, a former member of Fayetteville State's debate team and former project manager of Elementary Education Majors Club. Education is very important in all aspects, which is why I want to take this wonderful opportunity to attend the summit to broaden my experiences and knowledge to share with others. I am grateful to be presented a wonderful opportunity to represent the illustrious Fayetteville State University at the Women of Power summit!
Ms. Felicia Manning, a senior and student intern in the Department of Elementary Education at Fayetteville State University, is the recipient of the Strong Foundation Scholarship for Fall 2014.
Anna D. Lee decided to purse a degree in elementary education so that she can provide support and encouragement to children who need it. Teachers often take on many roles and she is preparing and eager for the challenge.
La' Juana McNeill has been persistent and determined to become an educator through many hardships and difficulties that have come her way. She has steadily worked as a substitute teacher for over two years. She believes the light of a good teachers burns brightly because of the passion that drives and motivates them to teach others.