BrainTrack Announces Teaching Scholarship Winners for Fall 2011
Winners From Wellesley College and College of Southern Nevada Share Perspectives With Future Students
MARLBOROUGH, MA, January 23, 2012 - BrainTrack, a widely referenced higher-education directory, today announced the Spring 2011 winners of its BrainTrack Teaching Schools Scholarship, a twice yearly scholarship for those enrolled in education degree programs that is designed to help future K-12 teaching students. The winners are Caryn Howell of the Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts, who received the $1,000 first-place award, and Amanda Curtis of the College of Southern Nevada, who received a $500 second-place award.
"Our Teaching Schools Scholarship program draws upon the experiences and insights of current students to help others considering a teaching career," says David Siegel, Vice President of Operations with BrainTrack's publisher, Futuremeld, LLC. "The winning essays are chosen for their creativity and usefulness to prospective education students. Selections drawn from all those entered are posted on our site."
Winner Guides Future Teachers to Know Their Communities
First-place winner Caryn Howell, who's studying for a Certificate in History Teaching, advises that students get ready to know the communities in which they are teaching. She writes: "Knowing the history of a town or neighborhood will give you a better understanding of the school and its mission. Meeting parents and community members will help you to learn what it is they want out of school for their children, and working together with parents will lead to better learning opportunities for students."
Caryn also suggests that students be ready to be unsure. She writes: "Embrace this, and try to learn from it... There will be moments of insecurity, but there will be more moments of joy and great learning. The teaching profession has captured me for many reasons. One of these reasons is that I love to learn, and teaching allows for continuous learning, so prepare to learn, every single day."
Runner-up Amanda Curtis is currently pursuing her Bachelor's degree in elementary education. She shared her experiences volunteering in a third grade inclusion classroom. These experiences help hone her abilities to keep an open mind to understanding her students and the context of their actions.
The winning essay entries along with a summary of useful tips suggested by entrants, are available in BrainTrack's Teaching Degree Student Stories section.
About BrainTrack's Teaching Scholarships for 2012
The Spring 2012 deadline for entering BrainTrack's ongoing Teaching Schools Scholarship is March 1, 2012. Entrants are asked to respond to essay questions that are aimed at helping prospective students evaluate teaching as a potential career. Selections from these essays will be published by BrainTrack.
The scholarship is available to active students who have at least one semester of credits towards a relevant teaching degree. Studies can be full-time, part-time, on-campus, or online at a properly accredited US college or university. Only winners names and schools will be published while all other names and contact information will be kept private and only used for purposes of the scholarhip. There are no fees required to enter.
Scholarship rules and details can be found in BrainTrack's Teaching Schools section.
Online since 1996, BrainTrack is a worldwide higher-education directory that lists more than 10,000 universities and colleges in over 190 countries. The website helps visitors to make informed academic and career decisions through its content which includes guides to U.S. colleges by career, U.S. colleges by religion, and comprehensive articles on topics such as financial aid, transfers, career planning, accreditation,and more. BrainTrack is referenced by thousands of websites which include major universities, government agencies, libraries and publications.
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