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Teachers Who Are Also Students
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Special programs allow support for teachers seeking academic pursuits

December 21, 2006 :: No. 103

More than a dozen area elementary school teachers, who are also students themselves pursuing a master’s degree in education or are enrolled in a credential program at Cal State Fullerton, have been awarded scholarships at recent ceremonies sponsored by the university’s College of Education.

The scholarships — all privately funded by individuals and organizations — range in value from $300 to $1,000.

“These scholarships give our students the opportunity to excel in their academic and extracurricular pursuits so they will realize their highest personal and professional aspirations,” said Claire Cavallaro, dean of the College of Education. “The scholarship awards will help enable these students to enhance their skills in classroom teaching through the latest research and teaching methods. The ultimate beneficiaries of these efforts will be future generations of school children,” she added. “We appreciate all of our donors who provide these scholarships.”

The scholarships and the recipients are:
Alumni Association ScholarshipDove Canyon resident Christine Panepinto. She just completed student teaching at Golden Hill Elementary School in Fullerton. Presenter: Kristin Crelin of Santa Ana.                                                   

Jean Carolyn Brenneman Memorial ScholarshipCosta Mesa resident Christina Del Real, a first-grade teacher at California Elementary School in Costa Mesa. Presenter: David M. Reid of Whittier.

Marilyn C. Brewer ScholarshipWestminster resident Kathryn Nunn, a second-grade teacher at Morningside Elementary School in Garden Grove. Presenter: College of Education Dean Claire Cavallaro of Fullerton.

California Retired Teachers Association ScholarshipAlhambra resident Liya Ma, a special-education teacher at Longfellow Elementary School in Azusa. Presenter: Peggy Hammer of Placentia.

College of Education Book Scholarships — Anaheim resident Angelica Quintero, a student teacher at Loara High School in Anaheim; Buena Park resident Elizabatina Rodriquez, a fourth-grade teacher at La Veta Elementary School in Orange; and Fullerton resident Carrie Walker, a substitute teacher in the Placentia/Yorba Linda School District. Presenter: Viva Palumbo of Anaheim.

Lewis and Deborah Hancock ScholarshipBell Gardens resident Wendy Castañada, a fourth-grade teacher at Aeolian Elementary School in Whittier. Presenter: Fullerton resident Deborah Hancock, emeritus professor of education.

Miriam K. Herman Scholarship — Nadia Fox of Brea. Presenter: Cavallaro of Fullerton.

Honor an Educator ScholarshipArcadia resident Amanda Doan, a fourth-grade student teacher at Pacific Drive Elementary School in Fullerton, and Fullerton resident Michael Rylaarsdam, a student teacher at Oxford Academy in Anaheim. Presenter: Fullerton resident Ash Bishop, chair and professor of reading.

Dorothy C. Klausner ScholarshipBrea resident Linda Vander Wende, a first-grade teacher at Ada S. Nelson Elementary School in Whittier. Presenter: Hancock of Fullerton.  

Reading Educators GuildFullerton resident Houria Hall, a literacy teacher at Richman Elementary School in Fullerton, and Anaheim resident Rosemary Lejano Prichard, a teacher at Whitaker Elementary School in Buena Park. Presenter: Hammer of Placentia.

Fannie Shaftel ScholarshipHuntington Beach resident Noha Wagdy, a sixth-grade student teacher at Wagner Elementary School in Placentia. Presenter: Cavallaro of Fullerton.

Bernhard J. and Vivian W. Strand ScholarshipArcadia resident Amanda Doan, a fourth-grade student teacher at Pacific Drive Elementary School in Fullerton; Brea resident Nadia Fox; and Saugus resident Paulina Sampere, a fifth-grade teacher at Oak Hills Elementary School in Valencia. Presenter: Cavallaro of Fullerton.

Also honored were student leaders Kerry Belvill of Brea, Cassie Rehm of Walnut and Rachel Miller of Tustin. Nancee Wright, assistant dean of student affairs for the College of Education, and Bobbee Cline, director of development for the College of Education, assisted with the presentations.

Media Contacts:

Mimi Ko Cruz, Public Affairs, 657-278-7586 or

Claire Cavallaro, dean of the College of Education, at 657-278-3110 or

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