First CalStateTEACH Scholars Named

(May 23, 2002) The first scholarships targeting participants in California State University's innovative CalStateTEACH teacher preparation program have been awarded to five students. The scholarship fund, administered through the East Bay Community Foundation, was established on a one-time basis by an anonymous donor to support tuition expenses for participants who began the program in fall 2001 and either work or reside in Alameda or Contra Costa counties.

CalStateTEACH is a non-traditional program that allows working teachers to earn their credentials without attending traditional college classes. Instead, the curriculum is delivered using a self-study format. Participants use online, print and CD-ROM materials. They share ideas through web-based "class discussions," and get professional feedback through on-site coaching. CalStateTEACH participants enjoy personal guidance from mentor teachers at their school site as well as from CSU faculty.

Selection criteria for the special scholarship included academic performance, character, leadership potential, financial need, experience working with children, personal recommendations and an essay on their commitment to teaching. Three full scholarships and two half scholarships were awarded.

"We are pleased that these deserving teachers will receive additional support for their commitment to children in the East Bay area," said Naomi Williams, CalStateTEACH Regional Center Academic Director.

Scholarship winners are:

Kathryn Penso (full) of Hayward teaches first grade at Kitayama Elementary School at New Haven Unified School District. Penso is a graduate of Mills College. Teaching is her second career, and she worked for several years as an office manager.

Aurea Quintong (full) of Union City is a kindergarten teacher at Schilling Elementary in Neward Unified School District. She holds bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Philippines.

Timothy Rubin (full) of Antioch teaches kindergarten at Kitayama Elementary School at New Haven Unified School District. Rubin is a graduate of CSU Sacramento. Rubin began his career in education as a video production technician at the Alameda County Office of Education.

Kahinde Adeagbo (half) of Hayward, CA. Adeagbo teaches third and fourth grade at Grass Valley Elementary School in Oakland Unified School District. She is a graduate of UC Santa Cruz.

Taralynn Kantor (half) of Oakland teaches second grade at Stonehurst Elementary School in Oakland Unified School District. She graduated from CSU Chico.

All of the winners are in their first year of the program; they are expected to complete CalStateTEACH in March 2003.

CalStateTEACH was designed by CSU teacher education faculty to help meet the critical teacher shortage in California. The first group of students entered CalStateTEACH in September 1999. With more than 800 participants now enrolled and over 200 alumni, CalStateTEACH is helping to fulfill the belief that "Every child deserves to be taught by fully prepared teachers."

For more information, see the CalStateTEACH website.

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Last Updated: 23 May 2002

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