The Chautauqua County Retired Teachers announce the recipient of the Will Apps Scholarship for Excellence in Student Teaching. The scholarship honors Will Apps, a local educator, who was recognized for his high scholarship standards. Established in 2002 to encourage local high school graduates who enter the field of teaching, the scholarship has been awarded to 21 winners thus far, representing 10 different high schools.
Applicants must be graduates of Chautauqua County high schools and must complete student teaching with honors. In addition, they each must write a 250 word essay relating his or her philosophy of education to his or her actual classroom experiences. The winner for 2013 is Rebecca Wojciechowicz.
Wojciechowicz is a 2008 graduate of Maple Grove High School. At SUNY Fredonia, she is a dual major of early childhood and childhood education. Her student teaching assignments included Jamestown, Randolph and Falconer. While student teaching and taking courses, she was named to the Dean's List.
In her essay, Wojciechowicz wrote, "I have wanted to be a teacher for as long as I can remember! I really enjoy helping children grow and leading them into a path in which they are excited to learn and have a 'hunger' for knowledge. I am so excited about being a teacher and I think it is the greatest and most rewarding career one can have. Children are our future and we need to do all we can to nurture our future."
Chautauqua County Retired Teachers, an organization of former educators, is committed to encouraging the young teachers of today to be the excellent teachers of tomorrow.