Jacquelyn Koenig, Washingtonville High School, will attend Binghamton University in the fall and is planning on majoring in math and minoring in Education. Her goal is to become a certified secondary education math teacher. She is currently the president of the Student Coalition at Washingtonville. Jacquelyn credits her career choice to her teacher, Ms. Swanson, who pushed her to be her best self.
Rebecca Whitney, Port Jervis High School, will attend SUNY Oneonta to pursue a degree in Adolescence Education focused in Mathematics. She wants to become a teacher because it gives her the opportunity to make a difference. In her career choice, she intends to teach academics but also to teach life lessons that her students will take with them for the rest of their lives, just as her teachers have inspired her.
Gillian Warn, Washingtonville High School, will attend SUNY Geneseo to pursue a degree in Special Education. Gillian is very active in volunteering with Special Olympics and the Winslow TRC. She intends to teach elementary special education and to continue her involvement in Special Olympics by becoming a PATH certified instructor and a Special Olympics coach.
Adeline Rajnert, Minisink High School, will attend SUNY New Paltz to pursue a degree in Education. She feels teachers provide a bridge to success. She has watched her brothers succeed through the help of their teachers and she wants to do the same for students. Her goals are to teach morals, perspectives, differences and new ideas to students through literature.
Thanks to the generosity of our MARTA members, MARTA was able to award $12,000 in scholarships this year to these future educators. Four enthusiastic, inspiring, local students pursuing a degree in the field of Education received the scholarships, each earning a $3,000 scholarship. We wish them all great success and look forward to updates.