"I feel so very blessed," said Reinhardt College senior Janet Wantage, an education major from Ellijay, Ga. Earlier this fall, she was selected from a pool of 12 applicants nominated by independent schools across Georgia to receive the $5000 Gary Lee Scholarship for the 2004-05 year.
The Georgia Foundation for Independent Colleges, GFIC, administered the scholarship, which is funded by The Foundation for Higher Education-UPS Fund and given in honor of Mr. Gary Lee of Alpharetta, Ga. Mr. Lee had a long and very well-respected tenure with UPS, and upon his retirement from the Foundation Board, the organization decided to honor his accomplishments by designating one of their scholarships in his honor.
(At right) Recently GFIC Vice President Katrina Graham (from left to right), Reinhardt President Dr. J. Thomas Isherwood, Wantage, Dean of the Price School of Education Dr. Robert L. Driscoll gathered on the Reinhardt Campus to express their gratitude to the Mr. and Mrs. Gary Lee.
Wantage said her nomination and resulting selection resulted from a "fabulous teaming effort. A lot of people helped; it wasn't just my efforts," she said. She completed her student teaching assignment at Pickens County Middle School this fall and will soon relocate to Columbus, Ohio, to begin a master's program in educational law at Park University. Her ultimate goal is a doctorate in multicultural education or special education, which emphasizes intellectual disabilities and inclusion.
Wantage is a nontraditional student, a single mother with two children. In addition to being a full-time student, she isa Girl Scout leader, Sunday school teacher, court-appointed advocate for children and an active PTA member.
Who Wants a 100 on the Test?
As Reinhardt College student teacher Janet Wantage helped the 6th grade physical science class review for their next test, this question got a rousing response. Wantage, from Ellijay, Ga., was awarded the 2004-05 Gary Lee Scholarship earlier this fall. A single mother with two children, she completed her student teaching assignment at Pickens County Middle School this fall and will soon relocate to Columbus, Ohio, to begin a masterï¿½s program in educational law at Park University. Her ultimate goal is a doctorate in multicultural education or special education, which emphasizes intellectual disabilities and inclusion.
Wantage said she feels called to a career in education. In her scholarship application, she described her vision of teaching. "Boundless enthusiasm and warmth are mandatory for teachers and necessary to impart onto the students," she wrote. "Teachers can make a difference in the lives of all students. I feel an inner exuberance and distinctive energy when I think about teaching and learning. It is this passion, which I desire to impart onto my students. I intend for every student to feel uniquely important when they walk into my classroom. A smile, an approval, an encouraging word, a listening ear can make a real difference."
Price School of Education Dean Dr. Robert Driscoll described Wantage as outstanding. "She effectively blends her paraprofessional teaching experience with the expectancies found in her course work," he said. "She brings a high degree of enthusiasm and dynamism to all she does. We expect that she will bring a great sense of care, competency, and dedication to the lives of children in the future."
Wantage had the opportunity to meet Mr. and Mrs. Lee at Reinhardt on Oct. 15, 2004, and thank them in person for the much-appreciated assistance and vote of confidence.
Reinhardt President Dr. J. Thomas Isherwood said Wantage's selection further validates the quality of the educational experience at Reinhardt. "She was selected from 12 nominees representing some of the finest independent schools in our state," he said. "We are so proud for her, and we are grateful to philanthropists like the UPS Foundation and the Lees who make it financially possible for exceptional students like Janet to complete college and give back to the community through their chosen professions."
Katrina P. Graham, GFIC vice president, said the Lee scholarship is in its second year. She described Wantage as "a wonderful selection!"
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