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May 19, 2013

Central College education department announces Geisler Penquite scholars

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The Central College education department has named Emily Drey, Libby Larson and Sydney Gray as the 2013-14 Geisler Penquite scholars.
The Scholars Program honors students who exemplify the teacher education program’s essential values and skills, advocate for future teachers directly and work collaboratively to lead in ways that build upon the program’s positive reputation to recruit and prepare exemplary teachers for future generations. The award provides $5,000 per year for each recipient for their remaining college years.
Students eligible for the Geisler Penquite scholarships must be entering their third or fourth year at Central, be accepted into the teacher preparation program, hold a minimum cumulative 3.4 GPA and have high recommendations from faculty on campus and educators in the field.
“The nominations for this year truly represented the cream of the crop in our education program,” said Jennifer Diers, assistant professor of education and chair of the Geisler Penquite Scholars committee. “The selection committee commented several times as to the quality of the nominations this year.”
Drey, a sophomore elementary education major with a strategist I endorsement, is from Pella. She anticipates teaching students with disabilities and becoming a school counselor.
Larson, a junior elementary education major with a middle school endorsement in math and science, is from Marshalltown, Iowa. Larson has served in the education club leadership and hopes to teach at the middle school level after graduating. She also intends to obtain a coaching endorsement.
“It is such a privilege to be chosen as a Geisler Penquite Scholar. It means a great deal to me that the foundation feels I have the qualities to become a future teacher,” Larson said.
Gray, a sophomore elementary education major with reading and Spanish endorsements, is from Miles, Iowa. She enjoys volunteer service and hopes to one day teach K-6th grades.
"I am honored to be one of the recipients for the Geisler Penquite Scholarship and represent Central's exceptional education program,” Gray said. “I am looking forward to working with the Geisler Penquite Foundation as we strive to advocate for the needs of all students." 

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