Paying it Forward - 2010 Profiles
Alumni - Hopkins, Minnesota
Laura has been fortunate to be able to combine her love of children, languages and travel into a career as an educator working overseas. She earned a bachelor’s degree in bilingual education, taught elementary school in California and started a family along the way. Later, her interest in languages and culture led to a job offer in Japan. The demands of a career and parenting, and the thrill of exploring a new country left little time to pursue her dream of earning a master’s degree in education. However, a University of Phoenix presentation at a faculty meeting offered new possibilities. “The University was seeking candidates for a new graduate program in Curriculum Instruction and Design. The program offered everything I had been waiting for: on-ground courses conveniently located on Kadena Air Base; a small, yet diverse, cohort of educators from surrounding schools; flexible class meetings; accommodating professors and helpful support staff.” Laura ended up completing her degree while stationed overseas and she is the first in her family to have a master’s. She now teaches Spanish as part of the Foreign Language in the Elementary Schools (FLES) program and would like to pay forward her education to her daughter Elizabeth.
Recipient - Dyess AFB, Texas
Elizabeth is ready to follow in her mother’s footsteps. Unsure of her educational goals upon graduation from high school, she took a few college courses and worked full-time at the childcare center on Kadena Air Force Base. Since then, she has married, had two children and maintained her full time teaching position while balancing the demands of a military lifestyle. “Elizabeth is deserving of a Paying it Forward® scholarship for several reasons. She is a delightful young woman whose vibrant personality and positive energy leave lasting impressions upon those around her. She is also a loving wife and mother who maintains close ties to family and friends. On the job, she is highly respected by co-workers, parents and supervisors, and loved by her students.” Now at the age of 23 with years of work under her belt, she is certain about her educational goals – she just needs the financial assistance to get there. Elizabeth will now proudly earn her bachelor’s degree in elementary education.