Emma Cahill 2023 $2000 Dr. Mary Mead Scholarship
Dear Alpha Beta Foundation,
Thank you to the Alpha Beta chapter for your support. I am honored to be the recipient of the 2023 Dr. Mary Meade Scholarship which has helped me pay for my laboratory dues, books, and parking fees.
I always knew that I wanted to be a teacher and my love for teaching was shown very early on as I would imitate my teachers' lessons in my basement which was set up as a classroom each time one of my friends would come over. However, I would say that it was the teachers in my life that really pushed me to follow my passion. My mom was a very supportive influence in my life, teaching me the importance of a good education. As an educator herself, my mom always tried to make learning a fun, positive, and engaging experience. My elementary teachers also saw the passion I had for mentoring other students which in turn gave me the opportunity to be a lunch monitor for younger students. After I spent countless lunch periods with the students, I realized that I learned from them just as much as they learned from me. Lastly, my older sister, who was my inspiration growing up, is currently in her second year as a Kindergarten teacher. Even on challenging days, she emphasizes that seeing children progress is very rewarding and gratifying.
Throughout the next four years, as I pursue a degree in early childhood education, I will make sure to immerse myself in all aspects of college life. From kindergarten all the way to my very last day of high school I always enjoyed learning new things and hope that one day as a teacher I can help young children grow to love learning. I have worked hard to be where I am, but I will forever be thankful for the help and generosity of Alpha Beta.
Thank you to all once again for seeing the potential in my future as an educator.
Michael J. Petrides School