SCHOLARSHIPS & GRANTS
The Family Support Network of Eastern NC announces the 2017-2018 Angel Boberg Webb Memorial Scholarship Recipient Rachel Westlund. Ms. Westlund is currently beginning her journey as both a graduate student at East Carolina University and a first year special education teacher in Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools. She has worked with children with disabilities her whole life through ministry opportunities, volunteer programs, and work experiences. She is excited to put her passion of working with individuals with disabilities into a career.
Congratulations to Amber Fields, recipient of the Angel Boberg Webb Memorial Scholarship 2016
“I found my calling and passion for teaching during my senior year of high school while completing my graduation project. During this project, I worked closely with four students with exceptional needs at a local high school. I taught them how to sing and perform three songs. I was overwhelmingly inspired by these four students’ eagerness to learn, and their very loving and receptive attitudes towards me. The desire to be a teacher entered into my heart through these students, and the memories I have of that experience will always serve as encouragement for me.
I believe that every student despite age, gender, nationality, socioeconomic status, or intellectual disability has the right to receive the highest quality of education possible. As a teacher, it will be my responsibility to afford every student that comes under my instruction the tools, opportunities, and resources that they need in order to obtain that education. I do not view teaching as merely a job, but as my opportunity to enrich not only the minds of learners but also their lives.”
Angel Boberg Webb Memorial Scholarship Recipient
“Growing up with a special needs brother, my passion has always been to help educate those who may be overlooked due to their perceived disability. I grew up in the Greenville, North Carolina area, graduating high school from Farmville Central High School in 2008. I am currently perusing two degrees
in Special Education and Psychology. I also work with the Autism Society of Eastern NC where it is my duty to help make my clients’ lives better. After I graduate, I plan to begin fulfilling my teaching obligations in a disadvantaged county here in North Carolina. I also plan to further my education by attending a master’s program for teaching and psychology.”
Written by Meredith Clark
East Carolina University
Special Education Major
The Board of Directors and staff of the Family Support Network of Eastern North Carolina offers congratulations to Allie Efting who is the recipient of the 2013 Angel Boberg-Webb Memorial Scholarship for senior college students who plan to teach children with special needs.
Allie is a senior at East Carolina University, majoring in Special Education. Upon graduation she will also have a reading licensure. This will give her specialized training in the art and science of reading instruction which is an issue for many children with special needs. Allie explained in our July 30th interview that up until the fourth grade she struggled with learning despite her constant efforts to improve and support from family and teachers. Then, her fourth grade teacher recognized a difference and met with her parents to recommended further evaluation. Allie had individualized educational testing and was diagnosed with dyslexia. Once her differences were identified she began to receive special education services that helped improve her academic skills, as well as her confidence. Over the years she had help from many different special education and general education teachers which inspired her to become a teacher and make a difference in children’s lives.
Allie is a Wilmington, NC native and began teaching as a high school student. She participated in a teacher cadet program in high school and worked for two years at the Carolina Beach Elementary School in an intensive behavioral classroom. She learned from the lead teacher how to use a “family atmosphere” to promote respect and learning. Allie worked with the students and began to understand the multiple issues that impacted them. In her two years she saw many students make important strides with their academic and behavioral skills. Once she came to ECU she has worked in elementary, middle and high schools in Pitt and Beaufort Counties.
Allie has received her classroom placement for 2013 for a DH Conley High School special needs classroom. She is excited about this new opportunity to continue to work with students with special needs and develop her teaching skills.
Allie’s long term goals include teaching special needs children/teens in Eastern North Carolina. She understands the frustrations of students who are having challenges and she has seen students open up after she tells them about her story. The Family Support Network of Eastern North Carolina is proud to help her continue to pursue her educational goals and advocate for children and youth with special needs.
The Board of Directors and staff of the Family Support Network of Eastern North Carolina offers congratulations to Lorenda Schantz who is the recipient of the 2012 Angel Boberg-Webb Memorial Scholarship for senior college students who plan to teach children with special needs.
Lorenda is a fifth year senior at East Carolina University, majoring in Special Education with a subspecialty in adaptive curriculum. Lorenda explained in our July 24th interview that her experience with a close friend and her young child influenced her career choice. Her friend’s child was born with a serious medical illness that required multiple interventions and a host of medical professionals. As a close friend she saw what dedication and advocacy it took to parent a child with these needs. Lorenda also saw what a positive impact the child made on so many others. This experience convinced Lorenda that she wanted to work with children and her calling was teaching. So, she changed her major from business to a dream of becoming a Special Education Teacher while at Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington. Then, in 2011 she came to East Carolina University to pursue her special education degree. While completing her studies she has had practicum assignments in various classrooms. Of all these experiences Lorenda has especially enjoyed working with children/teens with autism. In 2011 she worked at Northwest Elementary School in Pitt County in a kindergarten-2nd grade classroom for children with autism. She describes learning behavioral techniques that would help them be more successful students and peers. Lorenda also valued her mentor’s use of a blend of both group and individual interventions in the classroom to help each student reach their potential.
Lorenda has already received her classroom placement for 2012. She will be working at Eastern Elementary School in Washington, NC. She will be working with children with autism from preschool age through first grade. She is excited about this new opportunity to further develop her teaching skills.
Volunteering has been one of Lorenda’s passions. She has served as the fundraising chair for the ECU Student Council for Exceptional Children, volunteered in community events (Special Olympics, Friday Fun Night Events, Holiday Dances) and attended state and national conferences. She also has worked as a lab assistant since May 2012 at the Irene Howell Assisted Technology Center at ECU. At this center she assists with instruction of assistive technology devices, helps with professional development trainings and advises others on managing/operating software and hardware.
Lorenda’s long term goals include teaching children/teens with autism in North Carolina. She wants to learn more about this population and work to further adapt teaching methods to each individual child’s needs. She is also interested in curriculum development and educational policy and is considering pursuing a master’s degree. Lorenda Schantz has a bright future ahead of her and the Family Support Network of Eastern North Carolina is proud to help her continue to pursue her educational goals.