2020 Award Recipients
Kayla Anderson (STEM Program)
Originally from Santa Rosa, she’s earning her Single Subject Teaching Credential to become a middle or high school science teacher. Kayla told us, “My goal is to always strive to be that teacher that I wished I had in secondary school. I want to make sure that connections and relationships come first and that every student feels comfortable in my classroom."
Megan Covey (STEM Program)
Originally from Berkeley/Oakland, she graduated from Cal State East Bay. She’s earning her credential to become a middle school math teacher. Megan told us, “My father, a 32-year veteran teacher, has inspired me my entire life to be an educator. I saw how he changed student's lives by encouraging math and science interest in his classes.”
Laura Delgado (STEM Program)
Originally from Napa, she’s earning her Single Subject Teaching Credential to become a math teacher. Laura told us, “This scholarship was a reminder that good teachers are in high demand in our current education system. It was like I was being told ‘We want you to succeed so that you can help your students succeed’.”
Melanea Ontiveros (Bilingual Program)
Originally from Michoacan, Mexico, Melanea came to the US when she was 5, and grew up in Santa Rosa. She graduated from SSU last year with a BA in Sociology and a Spanish Minor. She’s earning her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential to become an elementary school teacher, and is a student teacher at Cesar Chavez Language Academy. Melanea told us, “Teaching is a career that offers opportunities for career development and the possibility of making a difference in the lives of young individuals, which in turn will strengthen my community. I hope to pave the way for communities of color and historically marginalized populations.”
Jennifer Silva (Bilingual Program)
Originally from Healdsburg, California. She recently graduated from Sonoma State University, where she received her B.A, in Early Childhood Studies (Early Childhood Education) and B. A. Spanish. One of her career goals is to teach at a dual immersion school in the primary grades (elementary level). She was inspired because she believes students of color are not represented and understand why they feel isolated; she wants to fulfill that void of casting students out who feel left behind. She feels a vocal point for SSU is to provide a positive place for students to come who are concerned about the teaching profession. “They need an environment that welcomes all students”, she remarks.
Rubi Solorio (Bilingual Program)
Originally from Santa Rosa, she graduated from SSU with a BA in Spanish. She’s earning her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential to become an elementary school teacher. Rubi told us, “I always knew that I wanted to work with kids. I love learning and I love being in the classroom. I was born and raised in Sonoma County and I feel that this is a great way to give back to my community.”
Ashley Sweet (STEM Program)
Originally from Santa Rosa, she graduated from San Jose State University. Ashley’s goal is to be a high school biology and sports medicine teacher, and she was inspired by “Many of my high school teachers, mainly Bryan Price and Joel Kammer, who always pushed me to do my best and believed in me. I want to be that person in my student's lives.”