Local teachers awarded literacy scholarships for master's work


Three local teachers have been selected to receive literacy scholarships to help offset the costs of earning master's degrees.

Lori Dodge, Julie Sperl and Shannon Young, who all teach in Moffat County School District, recently found out they were selected for the Thelma Pett Continuing Education Award, which is sponsored by the Colorado Council International Reading Association.

Dodge is a seventh-grade reading and social studies teacher at Craig Middle School. She is working toward her master's in reading from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix.

Sperl is third-grade teacher at East Elementary School. She is working on her curriculum and leadership master's degree from Adams State University in Alamosa.

Young is a fifth-grade literacy and social studies teacher at Craig Intermediate School. She will graduate with her master's in reading and literacy from Walden University in Minneapolis on Jan. 31.

The awards will be presented at the 2007 Conference on Literacy from Feb. 1 to 3 at the Denver Marriott Tech Center and Hyatt Regency Tech Center.

Young said she and the other recipients will receive between $800 and $1,000, depending on how many recipients are selected statewide.

To apply, teachers had to be nominated by another person, submit three letters of recommendation and write an essay about how their education will affect their students' education.

According to its Web site, the reading association's missions are to:

  • Promote the improvement of the quality of reading instruction at all levels,
  • Encourage the development of permanent interests in reading, the formation of lifetime habits of reading, and an appreciation of the value of reading and
  • Support local councils in their efforts to promote literacy.

Moffat County's local chapter is the Sagebrush Reading Council.

For more information on the association, visit ccira.org.

Michelle Perry can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 213, or mperry@craigdailypress.com.

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