Teacher at Antioch Charter Academy II wins National Teacher Scholarship
Ms. Brittany Fank, a Kindergarten to 2nd grade teacher – and Association of American Educators member – from Antioch Charter Academy II in Antioch, has been awarded a teacher scholarship by the Association of American Educators Foundation (AAEF). She was one of 15 award winners from across the country. Fank’s scholarship will be used to fund a Montessori training program that teaches curriculum in nine subject areas and thoroughly prepares teachers to inspire students with a unique style of Montessori learning.
“Thanks to this AAE teacher scholarship, I’ll now know critical Montessori lessons that have proven useful in so many classrooms across the country. Instead of having to learn each step as I come to them before presenting them to the classroom, I’ll now only have to review the lesson before teaching,” explained Fank. “Montessori lessons are presented in a certain series of steps and have extensions to teach if a student is ready for them which makes this knowledge critical to strong implementation. I plan to integrate my new knowledge into my everyday classroom routines and instruction by being well versed in all aspects of Montessori. The Montessori method encompasses tactics on teaching the whole child and not just the academic aspects.”
AAEF is committed to offering individual educators teacher scholarships and classroom grants to optimize student learning.
“AAEF applauds the dedication that Brittany has demonstrated by trying to implement proven teaching methods into her classroom,” said AAEF Chairman Gary Beckner. “Without question, teachers like Brittany make AAE scholarships and grants a worthy investment in empowering educators to meet their professional potential.”
The AAE Foundation’s National Scholarships and Grants competition is held twice a year in the fall and spring and is open to all educators. The deadline for the annual fall competition is October 1 and spring is March 1 each year.
The Association of American Educators Foundation is the non-profit charitable arm of the Association of American Educators (AAE), a non-union professional organization for teachers across the country. With members in all 50 states, AAE is the nation’s premier, non-union professional educators association, offering a modern approach to teacher representation and educational advocacy. Membership is 16.50 per month and includes $2 million in professional liability insurance, employment rights coverage, professional development resources, as well as a host of other benefits.
For more information about AAEF or the Association of American Educators, visit www.aaeteachers.org.