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Stevens09.jpgWILMORE, KY—Emily Stevens, a graduating senior in elementary education, was selected to receive the Kentucky Association of Professional Educators/Association of American Educators Foundation (KAPE/AAEF) scholarship.

As a high school senior, Stevens had the opportunity to participate in an education program that provided a practicum experience. With a supervisor, she prepared lesson plans and taught students in a 10th grade English class for three weeks.

In the summer of 2008, Stevens was a member of a team of Americans who conducted a summer intensive English program for Chinese teachers of English in the People’s Republic of China.

This spring, Stevens requested and received placement in one of the most diverse elementary schools in this region. Les Anderson, assistant professor of education at the college and her supervisor, visited her classroom and shared a glowing report of her effectiveness there.

Stevens’ successful clinical experiences, both in teaching overseas and in diverse classrooms here in Kentucky, have equipped her to deal with the diversity that currently exists in American public schools and will likely increase in the classrooms of the future.

Education Professor Dr. Shirley Pauler said, “Emily is constantly building on her natural gift for teaching. Passionate about learning, she sets high standards for herself and communicates high expectations for her learners that she backs up by doing all in her power to scaffold their learning. A person of high ethical standards and moral integrity, she is a role model for students and peers.”