NEA-Salina Scholarships Awarded
Each year the members of NEA-Salina in partnership with the Salina Education Foundation award one elementary educator and one secondary educator with a $500 scholarship for advancement in a master’s or doctorate degree in the field of education.
The NEA-Salina Scholarship Committee receives and reviews all scholarship applications from the Salina Education Foundation. The scholarship committee then sends all applications with names removed to each NEA-Salina Officer for individual rankings. Finally the scholarship committee reviews all scores and determines the winners. A huge thank you goes out to Katrina Paradis for her hard work this year.
The 2017-2018 NEA-Salina Elementary Scholarship recipient is Kelley VanDeCreek an elementary special education teacher at Solomon Public Schools which is serviced by the Central Kansas Cooperative in Education which is hosted by USD 305.
Kelley is a 17 year dedicated educator serving the students of Solomon Elementary, Kelley stated, “I feel strongly that as a teacher and a mother, I have an obligation to my students, school, and family to continually improve myself.”
Kelley will continue her education in a Masters of Science in School Leadership. Kelley has a strong passion for developing professional educators for students through mentoring all educators.
The NEA-Salina 2017-2018 Secondary Scholarship is awarded to Tina Donnelly.
Tina Donnelly is a Salina South High School Special Education Teacher, is currently continuing her education for a second masters in counseling at Fort Hays State University.
Tina Donnelly stated that “these classes will help me to better understand the challenges students face and how to counsel them through these difficulties. I will have the skills to better help students who are being bullied at school and online and help students who may be doing the bullying.”
Send completed membership forms to Kari Keck at Oakdale Elementary