Teaching is a noble profession that needs our best and brightest to lead the next generation. Teachers have a profound impact on young people, and we likely all can remember a teacher who inspired and believed in us and who made us try harder to perform better in the classroom.
South College is dedicated to preparing education students for when they become teachers in charge of their own classrooms. One of our students, Marc Ross, has received a prestigious scholarship – one of just nine awarded to East Tennessee students by the Knox County Retired Teachers’ Association – to further his education and get him one step closer to standing before his own students.
The $1,000 scholarships are named in honor of Lois Kelly, who was the oldest retired member of the KCRTA. Kelly passed away in 2012 at the age of 104. The scholarships awarded in her honor are funded by retired educators and community members.
Lexa Hooten, a retired Knox County educator and chair of the Knox County Scholarship Foundation, which selects the annual winners, said the competition is strong.
“We feel very proud of the winners this year,” Hooten said. “The selection committee feels that the quality of applicants has consistently remained strong each year.”
The winners were recognized at a luncheon at The Foundry last month. We are so proud of Ross for being among this select group and congratulate him for his dedication and hard work at South College.
“I did not expect to receive the scholarship at all,” Ross said. “Having never won anything in my life, I almost didn’t apply for it. If not for the urging of others, I would not have. Needless to say, I am thankful that they did.
“My wife and I have sacrificed much to get me here, and we are more than appreciative of this gift. Yet, more than that, I look at this as validation for making the choice to go into education.”
Ross is an excellent choice for a noble profession.
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