UAM Student Awarded Teacher for the Dream Grant From the National Council of Teachers of English

MONTICELLO, AR — Pamela Jones of Anchorage, Alaska a junior general studies major at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, has been awarded a “Teacher for the Dream” grant from the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). 

            Jones is the first pre-service recipient of the “Teacher for the Dream” award in Arkansas and will be recognized at a curriculum conference of the Arkansas Council of Teachers of English and Language Arts (ACTELA) on November 3 in Little Rock.

            Jones is currently completing an associate of arts degree and plans to pursue a bachelor of general studies degree with specialization in education, literature, and psychology. She recently attended a seminar in Great Britain where she studied British authors and participated in a service learning project at Brantwood, the home of John Ruskin, an English art critic of the Victorian era. Jones will present highlights of that project at the upcoming Inaugural Showcase celebrating UAM’s new chancellor, Dr. Karla Hughes. 

            Jones is a member of the Friends of Brantwood and serves as a writing consultant in UAM’s Center for Writing and Communication.  She recently received a certificate of completion for Pre-K Frameworks from Early Care and Education advisors at the University of Arkansas.  She assists with the education of local youth in the Upward Bound program and is on call as a substitute teacher for Monticello and Drew Central Elementary schools.

            The ACTELA, a state affiliate of NCTE, joined with the national agency to provide Jones with professional networking and leadership opportunities in the field of literacy education.  This NCTE fund invites state affiliates to develop initiatives aimed at recruiting or retaining English language arts teachers of color.  The grant provides for Jones’ participation and service in two major conferences this fall, the Arkansas Curriculum Conference and the NCTE annual conference in Atlanta, Ga.  Jones will work with Dr. Kay Walter, associate professor of English at UAM, and other mentors from the ACTELA executive board to develop professional presentations.  She will continue the work of recruiting minority teachers into the field of English education through work with ACTELA’s numerous service initiatives for English teachers and their students.

            The ACTELA provides this award and other initiatives to support English teachers across the state. “We are proud of Pamela and her commitment to joining a strong support group of ELA educators in Arkansas,” said Walter.  “Her early desire to take part in professional development at the state and national levels demonstrates her devotion to literacy education and predicts a professionally active career.  ACTELA celebrates exemplary educators at every phase of their careers and provides them with a network of professional support and encouragement.  We are happy to have Pamela as a new member of our board and look forward to designing successful ELA projects with her.” 

            For more information, contact Walter at walter@uamont.edu .

 

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