October 30, 2007
For immediate release
The Teacher Education Program at UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School honors longtime employee Vivian Guerrier with the HOPE bracelet
The Teacher Education Program (TEP) at UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School is selling HOPE bracelets as a remembrance of longtime Gevirtz School staff member Vivian Guerrier. The bracelets are designed by Laura Wooster, a student working on her Single Subject (Art) Credential. “When the HOPE scholarship was started as a testament to Vivian's dedication to the TEP, this is the first thing I thought of as an appropriate way to thank others for being involved,” Wooster explains. “Making jewelry seemed natural and a bracelet is a lasting, daily reminder of Vivian’s work and love for people. I hope with student and faculty support we can get a great foundation going for a scholarship that will help future students for years to come.”
Those interested in purchasing one of the HOPE bracelets should contact the Credentials Office at 805.893.2036.
Money raised will help fund scholarship for students working towards their teaching credentials in the Teacher Education Program. The scholarship honors Vivian Guerrier, who passed away this summer after more than a decade of service to the GGSE and Credential students. This annual scholarship will be awarded to a student who demonstrates the sense of personal courage and hope that Vivian Guerrier embodied as a stalwart member of the Gevirtz School community.
Suzanne Raphael, Credential Services Director, says, “Vivian would have been so pleased and honored by this creative initiative. As you walk down the halls of the Gevirtz School, you see students, teachers, and staff wearing the HOPE bracelet. It is an encouraging sign of the unity and good will of our school to remember Vivian and support the scholarship fund.”
The Teacher Education Program at the Gevirtz School offers the Multiple-Subject, the Single-Subject and the Level I and Level II Education Specialist Moderate/Severe Teaching Credentials with a Master’s Degree in Education. These programs provide future teachers with a solid theoretical foundation integrated with extensive fieldwork that leads to both a California State Teaching Credential and a Master’s Degree in Education. The programs are run as a cohort, with the elementary and secondary cohorts no larger than 60 students each. This allows for the individualized attention necessary for high level preparation of reflective, skilled practitioners who can meet the needs of a diversity of learners in California schools. The Teaching Credential Programs are full-time, post-graduate programs that begin in June and conclude the following June. Teacher candidates have the option to work on the Master’s Degree concurrent with credential coursework.
Those interested in making a donation to the Vivian Guerrier Hope Scholarship Fund can make tax-deductible gifts payable to “The UCSB Foundation” and mail them to: Office of Development, Gevirtz Graduate School of Education, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106-9490 or call 805.893.5994 for assistance.
[Laura Wooster and Suzanne Raphael are available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]
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