Lansing teachers award scholarships
Lansing Education Association is seeing double this semester.
On Tuesday, Lansing Elementary School P.E. teacher Cheryl Orlowski, scholarship committee chairperson for the LEA, presented scholarships to two Lansing High School graduates who will be student teaching in the spring. Recipients were Tiffany Jackson, 24, and Justin Bode, 23.
The LEA usually gives only one scholarship per semester, Orlowski said, but because no one had applied last time, the group used the money to benefit two students at the same time. Jackson and Bode each received $800. The scholarship money comes out of LEA dues, Orlowski said.
Jackson, a 1999 LHS graduate, is studying Health and Physical Education at the University of Kansas. Next semester, she will student teach P.E. at Starside Elementary and De Soto High School, both in the De Soto school district. Jackson chose health and P.E., she said, because she thought it was an important subject for students to learn.
Jackson said she heard about the scholarship when a friend of hers received one and was reminded of it by her mother, Pam Jackson, a fifth-grade teacher at Lansing Intermediate School. Tiffany Jackson said she would use her scholarship money to pay for living expenses.
Though she graduates in May, Jackson said she's not yet sure what age she wants to teach.
"I think I would be happy with anything," she said.
Bode, who graduated from LHS in 2000, earned a bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Saint Mary in 2004. He is finishing up his teaching curriculum in the spring by student teaching biology at Piper High School. He said in high school, he wanted to be a doctor in sports medicine, but the counselors and principal at LHS encouraged him to go into teaching.
Bode said he learned of the LEA scholarship after his father, Lansing school board president Brian Bode, cut an article out of the newspaper and "gently nudged" him to apply. Justin Bode said his scholarship money would go toward tuition and books.
Bode said he may be in a good position to get a job in Piper - a biology teacher there is retiring after this year - but he had originally looked at Lansing as a possibility.
"That's where I wanted to teach, but there's no openings," he said.