Thursday June 13, 2013
Penny Pizer of South Burlington, a graduate student at Johnson State College was awarded the Vermont State Colleges Student Association Leadership Scholarship at JSC’s recent Honors Convocation. Pizer is an M.A. candidate in Education with Elementary Licensure. The VSCSA scholarship is awarded to two student leaders at each state college, in recognition of their contributions to their college and their community, with support from the Vermont State Colleges Chancellor and the five college presidents.Ms. Pizer also received the Doris V. Spencer Graduate Scholarship for her advanced studies at JSC. The scholarship is awarded to the top graduate student as judged by GPA, letters of reference, and essays submitted.A new award - the Service to the Education Department Award – was also conferred to Ms. Pizer. At the recommendation of the Department Chair , and approved by the entire education faculty, Ms. Pizer was recognized for her outstand contribution and service to the Education Department on its re-accreditation with the State of Vermont.Upon being notified of her honors and financial support, Penny Pizer commented, “I have had the wonderful opportunity to study and learn with some tremendously motivating professors, enhancing my knowledge and skills in my profession. I am honored and humbled, and grateful for their confidence.”Pizer’s Master Thesis is a phenomenological study focusing on the underlying meaning of individuals who had difficulty in K-12 and its effects on self-perception. She is developing a taxonomy for teacher-educators to utilize in their classrooms.