continuing education scholasrships for teachersIt was Albert Einstein who said that “It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” Those who embody that spirit and wish to advance to leadership roles in education will be happy to hear that there are a number of scholarships specifically designed for that very purpose.

One such program at The American College of Education recently awarded its American Teacher Scholarship to four outstanding educators: Patricia Peral of Orlando, Florida; Carla Pesce of Windsor, North Carolina; Jessica Smith of Gretna, Louisiana; and Philip Church of Bartlett, Illinois. The school’s American Teacher Scholarship is a full tuition scholarship designed to help educators attain the specialized training they need to advance to leadership positions and make a difference in their school systems.

Each scholarship recipient plans to make a unique contribution to the field of education—two of them in the area of digital technology. Peral, who teaches Spanish at Florida Virtual School in Orlando, Florida, plans to promote student-centered education. She works to “[encourage] whole-person growth by integrating technology and literacy into the curriculum and reaching students through the media that catch their attention.” Church, a veteran biology teacher from Barlett High School in Elgin, Illinois, has transitioned to a virtually paper-free class as his students use digital cameras, flip cameras, iPads, and multiple internet resources as their tools of choice to complete class assignments. He is recognized as an educator who extends himself beyond the four walls of his classroom.

All four educators will begin online Master of Education degree programs at American College of Education in the fall.

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