Master of Education Scholarship Winners Announced
Dr. Barry P. Resnick, Dean of William Howard Taft University’s School of Education, announced the the recipients of the institution’s Master of Education Scholarship. For the first time, two full scholarships were offered – one for teachers employed at public or private institutions, and one specifically for teachers employed at Montessori schools.
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Master of Education Scholarship
Dr. Barry P. Resnick, Dean of William Howard Taft University’s Boyer Graduate School of Education, announced that the recipient of the institution’s Master of Education Scholarship Opportunity is June Gilfillan. Ms. Gilfillan is currently a teacher of students with moderate to severe disabilities in Grass Valley, California. Beginning her career in teaching in 1999, she has taught at every level, from Preschool to High School, and has recently begun mentoring new teachers in her district. Her experience and dedication to the field of education were inspiring and deserving of the award.
Gilfillan impressed the scholarship review committee with her unique teaching styles that reach students with disabilities to help them flourish in and out of the classroom. She has designed and implemented an onsite work program for her students which allow them to work while completing course requirements. She received the approval of her superiors and raised the funds to launch the program for her disabled students, and it has proven to be a success.
In 2009, Ms. Gilfillan began mentoring current and future educators in her area. She shares her enthusiasm for creative approaches and solving difficult behaviors with these new and aspiring teachers as they begin their journey into the classroom. She is a great example of what a teacher should strive to be and William Howard Taft University is honored to have her as a student.
Montessori Educators Master of Education Scholarship
William Howard Taft University is pleased to announce their Montessori Educators Scholarship recipient is Diane McNamara from Port Jervis, New York. A longtime Montessori Educator, Ms. McNamara’s extensive experience in the education field and dedication to her students made her deserving of the award.
McNamara began her career directing summer camps in New York City’s Park and Recreation Department. From there she took her love of teaching and children to a Kindergarten classroom where she found her passion for teaching. Ms. McNamara then transitioned to Montessori Education where she became a head teacher for pre-K children. Her passion for teaching allowed her to move up to her current position as the Director of Education.
Ms. McNamara created and implemented an art program at her school. The children in the program are able to express themselves as McNamara creates learning experiences through art. She is also actively involved community service projects and in her school’s Parent/Teacher Organization, enabling parents to become more involved with their child’s education. Her passion for education and her commitment to students is exemplary and Taft University is pleased to have her as our inaugural Montessori Education Scholarship Winner.