What are T.E.A.C.H. Texas Scholars Saying?
"First, I would like to say thank you for the opportunity to share my opinion. Working for a non-profit organization means not having enough money to provide our staff with the college education they needs to meet the changing field of Early Childhood Education. As a director, I cannot stand back and be afraid of my staff growing. Someone once said that we, as early childhood teachers, have the greatest responsibility to lay a strong foundation for our children’s learning. By laying the correct foundation, we give our children the necessary tools to be successful in school.
The teachers also benefit from attending college classes. I have watched each of my staff become more knowledgeable and interactive with the children, as a result of their coursework. Their activities have become more purposeful as they better understand the importance of laying the proper foundation for the future success for the children. They also gain more confidence now that they have are attending college. On our budget, they would not be able to attend these college courses.
T.E.A.C.H. provided the necessary funds for my staff to better themselves with higher education. They were given the opportunities to learn, practice and perform in the classroom. When talking about DAP (Developmental Appropriate Practices), they now understand fully what it means and how it benefits the children. You can actually see a change in their faces when talking about DAP now. Currently, I have four employees that are recipients of the program. Attending a higher education program, they have been given the opportunities to learn, practice and perform in the classroom.
I would not be able to provide this without T.E.A.C.H.!”
Director, Greenville Avenue Child Development Center- Richardson, Texas
“What has T.E.A.C.H. done for me? I developed an acronym for T.E.A.C.H. that sums it all up: Turned Everything Around Concerning Hope. That is exactly what T.E.A.C.H. has done for me. As I stated before, I have always wanted to get my degree. You see, I have always had this complex that I didn’t measure up. The Early Childhood Profession is looked upon by society as being no more than glorified babysitting. I’ve always known in my heart of hearts that this is untrue, but boy was I in for a pleasant surprise. T.E.A.C.H. has given me the opportunity to find out just how untrue this fallacy is. For the very first time, I actually began to see just how important my vocation is to the future of our children. All because I had been privileged to become a T.E.A.C.H. scholar. I now had hope. “
Licensed Child Care Home Killeen, Texas- First T.E.A.C.H. Associate Graduate Central Texas College
“My name is Lynette Parra. I reside in Missouri City, TX. I am the mother of 4 children. I dropped out of high school when I was in my senior year because I became pregnant. I took my GED in 2009 to get a job as an aid at a private school my youngest attended.
I had dreams of continuing my education, but could never afford to. One day I was on line and I came across the T.E.A.C.H. scholarship application. I filled it out, and sent it off. A few weeks later I received a phone call from my T.E.A.C.H. counselor saying I would receive the scholarship. At that moment, my life changed.
I have been attending Wharton County Junior College for 3 years now. I enjoy my classes, and the experience of attending school has boosted my self-confidence. Each class I pass pushes me to keep going forward and not give up. Without the T.E.A.C. H. scholarship I would not have been to fulfill my dream of becoming an early childhood educator.
The counselor who works with T.E.A.C.H. is amazing, and helps whenever it is needed. When I contact my counselor, she is always so patient and understanding. So many lives are changed through this program. It gives hope to those of us who did not have it. Through the T.E.A.C.H. program our dreams can become a reality one semester at a time.”
Lynette Parra, Missouri City, Texas
Associate Scholar Recipient, Wharton County Junior College
“In 2012 I started college and now I am going to college. At first it didn’t feel real and I was still just willing to walk in it and now I love my new walk, my heart overflows with joy just going to class looking forward to what I can learn and how I can apply new things to my children’s lives. I want the world to know just how important T.E.A.C.H. has been to me and how it has impacted my life. I would have never been able to go to college if it wasn’t for T.E.A.C.H.. They believe in my dream and the love I have for children and education. Coming from a large family, most of them can’t read or write. T.E.A.C.H. has given me the opportunity to explore, it’s given me confidence and an excitement and passion to continue to want to help educate others. I want to take the time to be on of your students, thank you for giving me a chance, thank you for believing in me enough to say yes you can. Thank you because if it wasn’t for you we would never have a chance. Thank you for the love and support we get from you. Thank you for the love and support we get from you and thank you for the fight you press for us to go through. It is very hard for people like me to even see their hearts passion come to life. I just thank you for all you do in life. You give me a chance to dream and an opportunity for my dream to come to life so I thank you and even though thank you is not enough my heart is filled with gratitude because you take the time to care about us.
Yvette Michael-Elgin (Gigi) Family Home Provider, Belton (above in Red/White)
“I have completed a very rewarding and long journey. My life has changed so much since I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Child Development and Family Living from Stephen F. Austin State University! I not only learned the information I needed to complete my degree, but I also learned to be a strong individual by pushing beyond my limits throughout my academic career at SFASU. All the hard work and sacrifices I and my family have made over the past two years are well worth the moment of excitement when I finished that last final exam and walked across that stage. This year my dreams of teaching beyond the early childhood classroom will come to pass as I prepare to teach college courses! I am so thankful to Texas AEYC and the T.E.A.C.H scholarship for having faith in my abilities and helping me make a change in the lives of children!"
Reyna Noland, Infant Teacher Central Texas College Child Development Lab School, Killen
Bachelor Degree Recipient, Stephen F. Austin University- Graduate