Honors Longtime Area Teacher
Christina Del Real of Costa Mesa
is pursuing a master’s degree in
December 21, 2006 :: No. 104
A first-grade teacher whose professional goal is “to
learn new innovative and exciting ways to teach emergent
literacy” is the 2006-2007 winner of the Jean Carolyn
Brenneman Memorial Scholarship, a Cal State Fullerton award
honoring the late educator who taught for more than 30 years
at various elementary schools in Canyon Country in the Sulfur
Springs School District.
Del Real of Costa Mesa was presented the scholarship at recent ceremonies
hosted by Cal State Fullerton’s College of Education. A full-time teacher,
Del Real is also a graduate student pursuing a master’s degree in education.
In addition, she seeks to earn a Reading/Language Arts Specialist Credential.
Del Real is a teacher at California Elementary School in
The scholarship was established in 2003 by friends and family
of the late educator to encourage a graduate student in the
field of early elementary education to continue the quest
of teaching children to read, in the spirit of the late teacher
and reading specialist who introduced hundreds of children
to the joys of reading.
When Brenneman retired in the mid-1990s, a former fifth-grade
student who became an attorney wrote to her: “ . .
. it is my wish that you retire with the knowledge that like
a parent, your legacy lives not only in the children whose
lives you touched, but in the world which is a finer place
because of your work.”
“Christina is a prime example of the outstanding elementary school teachers
who are enrolled in our master’s program,” said Claire Cavallaro,
dean of the CSUF College of Education. “These hard-working individuals
are pursuing graduate studies that will help sharpen their skills in the classroom
and benefit future generations of children.
Claire Cavallaro, dean of the College of Education,
at 657-278-3110 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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