Jones International University and the Douglas County School District have announced an innovative partnership that provides $1 million in scholarships to more than 100 teachers within the district who want to advance their careers as well as complete continuing education requirements. Through the effort, teachers can work online to obtain academic degrees, including masters or doctorate degree programs, through Jones International University.
Two recipients of the scholarship offer were announced this past weekend (on Saturday) at the Golden Apple Awards, presented by the school district and the Douglas County Education Foundation. They are Christine Jojola and Kurt Stroman.
Christine Jojola is the Literacy Specialist and Reading Recovery Teacher at Soaring Hawk Elementary. She has been teaching for 24 years, 14 of which have been in DCSD schools. She received her B.S. in Elementary Education at New Mexico State University and her Masters in Elementary Education at the University of New Mexico. In addition to being a Literacy Specialist, she has also been a Title One Math Resource teacher.
Kurt Stroman teaches Middle School and High School Vocal Music and Orchestra at Cimarron and Legend High Schools. His career began in 1992 and has been with the District for 16 years. He received his B.M.E. in Music Education from the University of Northern Colorado and his Masters of Education in the Diverse Learner Program from the University of Phoenix. In his career, he has taught Band, Choir, Orchestra, General Music and Drama.