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Sawyer Woods Elementary Paraeducator Receives Scholarship

Paraeducator Lisa Parks is the latest recipient of the Kent Association of Paraeducators' "Paraeducator to Certification" scholarship. 

After working as a paraeducator for the past 10 years, Lisa decided to pursue her teaching certification. “I wanted to challenge myself professionally and take on more responsibility, while continuing to do what I love which is teaching children. I am very thankful for the KAP scholarship, which covered the entire cost of my student teaching."

Lisa is currently enrolled in a dual license teacher preparation program through Western Governors University. When she graduates, Lisa plans to find a full- or part-time teaching position in the Kent School District and enroll in a masters program for English Language Learning.

The $1000 scholarship is awarded to paraeducators engaged in the student teaching assignment required by their teacher certification program. KAP has awarded six scholarships in three years. 

Congratulations Lisa!
KAP award

Pictured left to right: Sandra Petschek, vice president; Marie Cromwell, treasurer;
Lisa Park, recipient; Janet Heise, president; Chantel Jacoway, secretary.