Teachers Scholars Academy

Teachers Scholars Academy

20 Jun 2019    

Forty recent high-school graduates have been selected to join the Teachers Scholars Academy at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln this upcoming fall semester. The academy was created in order to grow the teaching workforce in the state of Nebraska and address the future teacher shortage. These students will mark the inaugural cohort of the academy thanks to a generous donation from the William and Ruth Scott Family Foundation.

“This is an incredible group of students with diverse backgrounds and experiences who will help shape each other’s’ learning about society and education throughout their four years in the academy,” stated UNL Teachers Scholars Academy Coordinator, Braden Foreman. The coordinator leads the academy, and serves as an advocate and mentor for the scholars in the academy. “This group represents some of the most promising future educators with already ample experience working with youth. I am excited to see how they progress through the academy and into their careers of working with people and their respective communities.”

The Teachers Scholars Academy at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is about innovating communities through teaching. The Teachers Scholars Academy aims to expose future teachers to Nebraska’s schools, communities, and changing demographics through experiential learning opportunities. As a result of active participation in learning opportunities, scholars will become innovative practitioners, ready to empower future communities.

The scholars selected to join the Academy represent urban and rural areas in Nebraska and various out-of-state locations. All forty scholars plan to major in one of twenty-three available teacher education programs offered by the College of Education and Human Sciences, the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, and the College of Fine and Performing Arts at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Dr. Guy Trainin, Chair of Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education stated, “the academy is a chance to create teachers who shape the future of education across the diverse communities of Nebraska. New societal challenges need new ideas and this cohort of leaders and innovators will do just that.” Faculty from the teacher education programs at UNL will help create learning opportunities and meaningful experiences for the scholars. Scholars will also gain experience with service and volunteer opportunities through the Lincoln community, research opportunities at UNL, cohort living during the first-year, and will partake in the Teachers Scholars Academy Seminar course designed to teach them about characteristics and qualities that make successful educators.

For more information regarding the academy and information for the 2020-2021 application process, please contact Braden Foreman at bforeman@unl.edu or visit our website on the cehs.unl.edu homepage.

City: Name, Major, (high school – if different than hometown)

Beatrice: Ashton Sandman, Inclusive Early Childhood Education
Bellevue: Mia Pancoe, Special Education (7-12) (Bellevue West); Jadon Putney, Secondary Education (English) (Bellevue East)
Bennington: Joshua Hoins, Secondary Education (Chemistry)
Central City: Morgan Twiss, Elementary Education
Crete: Vanesa Lopez-Franco, Elementary Education
Elgin: Allyson Wemhoff, Elementary Education and Special Education (K-6)
Elm Creek: Bailee White, Elementary Education (Kearney)
Fremont: Madison Moore, Elementary Education
Gresham: William Wilton, Secondary Education (Family and Consumer Science) (Centennial Public)
Kearney: Emily Hansen, Elementary Education
Lincoln: Alexa Andazola, Secondary Education (Biology) (Southeast); Skylar Anderson, Secondary Education (Family and Consumer Science) (Southeast); Madisen Bell, Secondary Education (French) (Southeast); Jordan Brandt, Secondary Education (Spanish) (East); Grant Collins, Special Education (7-12) (Southwest); Hayden Fuelberth, Music Education (Southwest); Madalyn Rushing, Elementary Education (Southwest); Katherine Schmit, Music Education (East); McKenzie Steiner, Elementary Education and Special Education (K-6) (Southwest)
Omaha: Grisela Diego-Mateo, Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education (Burke); Kaiya Doue, Elementary Education (VJ and Angela Skutt); Rebekah Hitz, Special Education (7-12) (Millard West); Susan Huggins, Inclusive Early Childhood Education (Mercy); Andrew Lavender, Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education (Burke); Brianna Miller, Elementary Education (Westside); Haley Steiner, Secondary Education (Social Science) (Millard North); Tessa Sutfin, Music Education (Millard West); Lauren Vetter, Elementary Education (Fremont)
O’Neill: Claire Morrow, Elementary Education
Papillion: Hailey Keller, Secondary Education (English) (Papillion-La Vista South); Molly Simpson, Elementary Education and Special Education (K-6) (Papillion-La Vista South)
Republican City: Abigail Waldo, Secondary Education (English) (Alma Public Schools)
South Sioux City: Elianna La Vie, Secondary Education (Social Science) (Homeschool)
East Hartford, Connecticut: Olivia Merza, Agricultural Education
Lake Zurich, Illinois: Nicole Skoby, Secondary Education (Social Science)
Lemont, Illinois: Gabrielle Ognar, Special Education (7-12) (Lemont Township)
Mount Prospect, Illinois: Victoria Foort, Secondary Education (Social Science) (Prospect)
Olathe, Kansas: Emma Gordon, Elementary Education (Northwest)
Wasau, Wisconsin: Paige Brandenburg, Secondary Education (Business)

College of Education and Human Sciences
Teaching, Learning & Teacher Education