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Winner of the Fall 2015 Strong Scholarship

Lindsey Cavaco    The Strong Scholarship was beyond a blessing. The scholarship relieved my financial burden while raising my two small children. During the fall semester of 2015 I had the pleasure of working with Dr. Carrol and Dr. Lanier.  Through the fall semester I was required to prepare a case study and develop a leadership project, while participating in my clinical experience as a teacher intern.  The case study gave me an opportunity to look deeper into my students and encouraged me to find ways to help them with individual needs.  While developing lesson plans I was able to open myself to suggestions and new methods to reach my students who needed an extra push.  The leadership project helped build my confidence as an educator.  Writing the leadership project gave me an opportunity to reflect of my teaching habits (good or bad) and improve on them.  I was pleasantly surprised at how well I demonstrating leadership within the classroom, which intrinsically motivated me to improve on my areas of weakness.  I am proud to say that prior to graduation I was offered a job as a fourth grade teacher.  I do plan to return to FSU for a master's degree and one day my doctorates degree.   I cannot thank the Fayetteville State University staff enough for preparing me for this teaching position and I encourage anyone who is thinking of becoming a teacher to seek out the elementary education program at FSU.  

Congratulations to Beth Williams She Winner of the Entre Nous Scholarship (1,200.00)

Beth Williams is pursuing a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in History. She will start her methods courses in January 2016. Mrs. Williams was born and raised in Michigan and moved to Fayetteville/ Ft. Bragg, NC in 1994 as her first duty station in the US Army. She was Girl Scout Leader for years and the Religious Education Coordinator at a post in Germany. She loves working with children and is excited about getting her own classroom. Entre Nous Scholarship ($1,200) from the Cumberland Community Foundation, Inc. The Scholarship was created in loving memory of Michelle Jones for the purpose of making a college education accessible to deserving students pursuing a degree in education at Fayetteville State University. This scholarship is available to students who meet all of these requirements: A student at Fayetteville State University who has completed at least two semesters, a student with a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.5. and, A student who is planning to teach after graduation.

Strong Scholarship Winner Spring 2015

StaceyStacey 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.

Ruby Wilkerson Scholarship Winner Spring 2015
SarahCongratulations to Sarah Jennen, our spring 2015 scholarship winner.  

Ms. Jennen is an Elementary Education candidate enrolled in her methods courses.  She will being completing her student teaching during the fall 2015. Ms. Jennen started tutoring children while in high school as part of a community service project and during that time she fell in love with teaching. She is enjoying her studies here and says it "enlightening and rewarding".

She hopes to "make a difference in the lives of children" and is proud to represent our Department as the scholarship recipient.

Women of Power Summit 2015

QuindaraCongratulations 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!


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