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Trinity education student named Illinois Golden Apple Scholar

Trinity CommunicationsSeptember 08, 2017

Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois named Trinity International University education student Kaylee Norman as a Golden Apple Scholar, based in part on her desire to serve as a teacher in a school-of-need after graduation.

Norman is the first Golden Apple Scholar at Trinity since Melissa Powers in 2013.

Since 1989, Golden Apple Scholars have awarded nearly 2,000 participants in Illinois. The program is designed “to prepare future teachers to thrive in the most challenging high-needs school environments where more resilient teachers are desperately needed,” according to a news release on the organization’s website.

Norman, a freshman from Gurnee, Illinois, will benefit from tuition assistance, teaching internships, and ongoing academic and career mentoring. By the time of graduation, Golden Apple Scholars typically gain about twice as much classroom teaching experience as traditionally prepared teachers.

In exchange for the assistance, Golden Apple Scholars agree to teach in an Illinois school-of-need for at least five years following college graduation.

“We’re thrilled to have Kaylee at Trinity,” associate professor of Education Karen Wrobbel said. “She is committed to working with underserved children as a teacher, and we can already see that she is a promising future teacher.”

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