The NACCTEP Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to community college students who are studying to become teachers at member colleges. Awards are for $1,000 each and cover tuition and books. This year, NACCTEP received over 70 applications. NACCTEP would like to thank the Scholarship Committee for the time they dedicated to reviewing and scoring applications.
On behalf of our Executive Director, Kimberly Tobey, Executive Board and Scholarship Committee, we are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2016-17 Teacher Education scholarship. Congratulations to Nicole Poyer, student at Raritan Valley Community College and Elia Zarate Ramirez of Santa Ana College.
"While growing from child to adolescent to young adult, I, like many others, was often faced with the dreadful question of “What do you want to be when you grow up?” From the age of about ten to sixteen, I always thought I wanted to be a teacher. However, once I hit seventeen, I knew I definitely wanted to become one. One reason for this concrete answer is because by the time I was a senior in high school, I had the absolute pleasure of having the three most influential teachers of my life. These three individuals shaped my life in a way I didn’t even know was possible, and from that point on, I knew I wanted to be just like them. After having such life changing experiences in their classes, I became determined to one day have the same impact on other young individuals in the hopes of leaving the same positive influences bestowed upon me. It is more often than not that I hear about terrible experiences my peers have had with their teachers in secondary schools, and I often wonder if they would still feel the same way if they were able to have the same experiences as me. Because of this goal to have positive influences on others, specifically young individuals, I have chosen to pursue a career in the teaching profession".
"I want to be a teacher. I want the opportunity to change lives. Teachers such as Mrs. Vandemore intervened in my life and even though I didn’t become a teacher right away, her encouragement and belief in me never left. I want to be able to do that for students. I want to be an inspiration to students by showing them that regardless of where they started from, they can end up following their passion in whatever career they choose.
After completing my Bachelor’s degree in Spanish and earning my teaching credential, I would love to come back to my community and teach in one of the high schools. I believe that low income, diverse schools need successful role models like myself. I have many life lessons to share that could be valuable to high school students".