B.Ed. grads receive University Faculty Scholarships

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

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B.Ed. grads receive university Faculty ScholarshipsTwo Bachelor of Education graduates received University of Western Ontario Faculty Association (UWOFA) awards at a ceremony on Friday, December 05. Alison Carson and Jill Heinrichs, both members of the Faculty of Education’s Class of 2008, were two of the 35 students honored for outstanding academic performance in the previous year.

Alison Carson is teaching grade 9 and 10 English and Dance with the Halton Board of Education. During her year at the Faculty of Education, where she received the D. Carlton Williams Gold Medal in Education, Alison was particularly inspired by courses like “Teaching for Equity and Social Justice,” which helped to give her the necessary foundation to teach diverse students, to empower and inspire young people. Alison holds a B.A. from the University of Toronto and a Master’s degree in English for York University.

Jill Heinrichs studied Intermediate/Senior Biology and Chemistry at the Faculty of Education where she won the Milton and Helen Walker Scholarship in Science Education. Jill wants to be the kind of teacher whose students “look forward to coming to class where something new is discovered everyday, where critical thinking and cooperative learning are encouraged and where the knowledge gained is meaningful and applicable to our lives.” Jill earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Waterloo where she was a member of the Dean’s Honours List.

“I was so pleased to attend the UWOFA scholarship presentations,” said Margaret McNay, Associate Dean. “Alison and Jill are accomplished and impressive young women, outstanding young professionals, dedicated new teachers – who make the Faculty of Education, and Western, enormously proud.”