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Center of Pedagogy 2020 Awards

Arlene Allen Student Teacher Scholarship

Ahmad Zamel

Nel & James Noddings Scholarship

Ala Ajaj
Math Education

“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice, love of what you’re doing or learning to do.”

My career goal is to become a secondary math teacher and change students’ often negative viewpoint of mathematics to a positive one.

Arlene Allen Student Teacher Scholarship

Ashley Perri

“The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking, don’t settle.” – Steve Jobs

I aspire to help all my students reach their full academic potential.

Michael and Marianna Autorino Scholarship

Ashley Vitiello
Family Science and Human Development

“If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.”

My dream is to be an elementary school special education teacher who fosters a classroom that embraces diversity and encourages a stable learning environment to inspire all of my students. One day, I aspire to be a principal or vice-principal of an elementary school. I want to continue my education and eventually make my dream since a little girl, become a reality. I want to be as educated as possible and be as involved as I can within the community in which I become a teacher. Learning how to become a special education teacher is something that keeps me going every day at Montclair State. I am constantly learning so much about inclusive classrooms, disabilities, discrimination, advocacy, and much more. I hope to strive and excel within my classes in order to achieve all the educational goals I have and to make an impact that lasts in this crazy, hectic world.

Teacher’s Club of Montclair Scholarship

Beatriz Mariscal
Family Science and Human Development

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

I want to get my teaching certification for grades P-3. I want to become a teacher and later on get my certification for grades K-6.

Teacher’s Club of Montclair Scholarship

Brielle Eder
Family Science and Human Development

“What is done in love is done well” -Vincent Van Gogh

I aspire to become an Elementary School Teacher! I plan to return back to Montclair State for my Master’s Degree.

Teacher’s Club of Montclair Scholarship

Charlie Hilfiker
English (P-12 Teaching Cert.)

“Human beings love poetry. They don’t even know it sometimes… whether they’re the songs of Bono, or the songs of Justin Bieber… they’re listening to poetry.” —Maya Angelou


Nicholas and Susan Michelli Scholarship

Charlie Lopez
Spanish Education (Secondary Education)

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13

I want to be a Spanish Teacher while also coaching high school soccer. I want to be a role model to my family and students. I want to continue to bring positivity and light into this world as much as possible!

George and Dorothy Hennings Endowed Scholarship

Claudia Barone

“Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious.” – Stephen Hawking

To become a physics teacher and make a positive impact on my students’ lives.

Arlene Allen Student Teacher Scholarship

Danielle Manzetti
English major in the 5 year Masters Teacher Education Program k-6 and Teaching students with disabilities

“The most fantastic magical things can happen, and it all starts with a wish.” – Disney

In the future I hope to be a teacher in a Elementary school classroom. I hope to instill in my future students the idea of inclusion and acceptance, hope, passion, and the idea that they can accomplish anything they want to in life.

Richard A. Bard Endowed Scholarship

Haley Pollison

“Chemistry, unlike other sciences, sprang originally from delusions and superstitions, and was at its commencement on a par with magic and astrology.” – Thomas Thomson

Throughout my career, I hope to always be moving forward. I certainly envision myself returning to obtain a graduate degree. I love learning, so my ultimate goal is to never stop.

Miano Science/Math Teacher Education Scholarship

Jenna Marsac

“Mathematics may not teach us to add love or subtract hate, but it gives us hope that every problem has a solution.”

To positively impact my future students.

Bergen County Retired Educators Association Scholarship

Kerri Bartnicki
FSHD with a concentration in School Settings P-3

“Smile and let the world wonder why.” -Minnie Mouse

I want to be a preschool or kindergarten teacher.

Teacher’s Club of Montclair Scholarship

Lara Boss

Byron and Myrtis Yake Student Teacher Scholarship

Lauren Vroegindewey
Art Education

“At the end of the day we can endure much more than we think we can.” – Frida Kahlo

Art educator: I believe it is the responsibility of artists to tell the complicated stories; to not be silent about many injustices happening in the world. My work can be seen as providing an experimental opportunity to challenge one’s perception; attempting to stimulate a mixture of senses and emotions evoking a psychological response that questions the everyday choices we make.

Edward & Jean Cooper Scholarship for Teacher Training

Leamarie Pronesti
Family Science and Human Development

“Don’t Dream Your Life; Live Your Dream” -Anonymous

I hope to be an inclusive elementary school teacher.

Teacher’s Club of Montclair Scholarship

Lena Dahye Kim
Family Science and Human Development

“The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.” -B.B. King

I want to become a teacher that will be remembered as loving, dedicated, and passionate in whatever I do.

Anne Kirby Memorial Scholarship

Lisa A. Bethel
Dual MAT Elementary Education K-6 & Teacher of Students with Disabilities

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ―Maya Angelou

After graduation, it is my goal to become an elementary educator with an inclusive classroom. I hope to have a long and fulfilling career in which I am a valuable member of my school, classroom, and community. I want to be a life-long learner, who is continuously working to become a better version of myself. I believe that all children, regardless of (dis)ability, deserve an equal education with a dedicated teacher. My goal is to be the teacher that advocates for their students and support their development in becoming valuable members of their community.

Teacher’s Club of Montclair Scholarship

Llamylis Roman-Rivera

Craig and Arlene Crescenzi Allen Scholarship

Maureen Douglas

“I know not all that may be coming, but be it what it will, I’ll go to it laughing.” -Herman Melville

I plan on continuing my education to receive my Master’s Degree in Teaching with a certification as a Teacher of Students with Disabilities. After receiving my Master’s degree, I hope to find a job teaching English to middle school students.

Teacher’s Club of Montclair Scholarship

Megan Rafferty

“And when she stood, she stood tall” -The Lumineers

In the future, I plan on becoming a middle school English teacher. I also hope to get a certification in speech and the dramatic arts in order to teach classes such as acting and public speaking and/or run a school drama department. After I graduate, I plan to get a Master’s degree in counseling and eventually pursue a career as a school guidance counselor.

Robert Pines Scholarship

Megan Theobald
Dance Education

“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live” -J.K. Rowling

I aspire to be a dance teacher, mentor, and role model that shares my passion and knowledge of dance with my students just as my dance teachers have done for me.

Edward and Barbara Buhrer Scholarship

Michelle Herrera

“If you stress too much about something before it happens, you basically put yourself through it twice”

I hope to become an elementary school teacher or be a resource pull-in for literacy.

Teacher’s Club of Montclair Scholarship

Natalie Dahdah
Family Science and Human Development (Family, Children & School Settings)

“She turned her cant’s into cans and her dreams into plans.”

I aspire to become a leader in my role as an elementary school teacher as well as teacher of students with disabilities, make the most of my opportunities along the way and provide the most valuable experiences that I possibly can to my students.

Charles and Dorothy Farinella Scholarship

Nelson Echandy Jr.
Health and Physical Education

“Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it. by Marian Wright Edelman”

I hope to become an elementary school Health and Physical Education teacher where I can help strengthen or adopt a health and wellness program that will benefit the school and community.

Teacher’s Club of Montclair Scholarship

Nicole Russo
Family Science and Human Development

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose” ~Dr. Suess

In the future, I aspire to be a Preschool Special Education Teacher.

Teacher’s Club of Montclair Scholarship

Raven Dozier

“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” – Maya Angelou

I aspire to be an author and teacher in an urban district.

Ruth Lewin Endowment Fund

Sara Hassan

“They are the books, the arts, the academes, That show, contain and nourish all the world.” – William Shakespeare

High school English Language Arts teacher

John Greco Memorial

Stephanie Jones
Family Science and Human Development

“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” – Albert Schweitzer

Through my personal and professional evolution, my aspirations are constantly shifting. Currently, I envision myself as a Kindergarten teacher and a lifestyle blogger.

Jessica Munoz Memorial Award

Stephanie Soriano
Family Science and Human Development, Families, Children, and School

“Nothing great is ever achieved without much enduring.” -St. Catherine of Siena

I aspire to practice inclusive pedagogy as an elementary special education teacher.