Teacher Education student wins national scholarship

CSU-Pueblo Teacher Education student wins national scholarship

A teacher education student at Colorado State University-Pueblo has earned the top prize in a national essay competition sponsored by BrainTrack, a national higher-education resource.

Megan ReadPueblo resident Megan Read, who is preparing to become an English Language Arts teacher, earned a $1,000 scholarship as the winner of an essay competition, the BrainTrack Teaching Schools Scholarship (http://www.braintrack.com/colleges-by-career/teaching#scholarship), a biannual scholarship for education degree students that is designed to help prospective K-12 teaching students. The $500 second-place award went to Oral Urquidi of National University in La Jolla, CA, a mother of three who is attending college online as a full-time student through National University. |

"The essay responses from all the entrants offer a valuable set of insights for those considering teaching career paths," said David Siegel, Vice President of Operations with BrainTrack's publisher, Futuremeld, LLC. "We are publishing a selection of these as student stories. The winners were selected based on factors such as the creativity and practicality of their essays."

"I decided to go back to school to get my secondary English teaching degree so I could take an active role in helping students learn how to read, write and gain a love and understanding for language arts," said Read, the BrainTrack Teaching Scholarship winner.

Read entered CSU-Pueblo in the fall of 2008 after earning a bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University-Fort Collins and a Master of Arts from the University of Sussex in England.  Currently, she is student teaching at East High School in the Pueblo City Schools. Her winning essay encouraged future students to include professional skills training as they plan their courses and recommended that they find ways to integrate what they learn between their teaching and subject area courses.

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