Sandy Loynaz and Terri Moy were recently selected as Shenandoah University’s Strong Scholars for 2012-2013. Both women will student teach in the spring 2013 semester. This is the second year the Hattie M. Strong Foundation has provided $5,000 scholarships for two Shenandoah students. The Strong Scholars Program honors students who exhibit outstanding success and enthusiasm in field and life experiences, and who are excellent teacher education candidates. Financial need and academic performance are also considered in making the awards. Dr. Mary Bowser coordinates Shenandoah University’s Strong Scholars program for the 13-faculty-member Shenandoah Educator Preparation Council, whose selection process includes screening applicants’ submitted essays and then conducting interviews of the semi-finalists.
Sandy Loynaz of Winchester hopes to become an elementary teacher. She gained her understanding of multicultural and second language issues from her own experience being raised in a Dominican family who lived part of each year in the U.S. and part in the Dominican Republic. Knowing how it feels to be different from the majority of students, she is eager to make all her students feel welcomed, included and important.
Terri Moy of Leesburg is seeking her Masters of Education and licensure in Middle School Social Studies. Terri’s background, including a bachelor’s degree in art history and experience in photography, has prepared her to inspire middle school students to investigate historical, political, geographical and economical questions. She is an avid advocate for project-based learning.
The Hattie M. Strong Foundation, now located in Springfield, Virginia, was founded in Washington, D.C. in 1928.