Charro Foundation Future Teacher Scholarship winners named at Scottsdale Schools

A view of one of the many Scottsdale Unified School District school sites in central Phoenix. (File photo)

A view of one of the many Scottsdale Unified School District school sites in central Phoenix. (File photo)

It’s not uncommon for adults to be able to recall the moment he or she first became aware of a talent previously undiscovered — and more often than not it was a teacher that provided that spark of discovery.

Cassie Stewart

Cassie Stewart

Both recipients of this year’s Charro Foundation Future Teacher Scholarship say they too were inspired by a teacher and hope one day to be that person helping to shape the lives of others through positive reinforcement.

The Scottsdale Charros have offered an avenue to make those intentions a reality while encouraging local aspiring teachers to return to Scottsdale Schools once they complete their degrees at Northern Arizona University. The Charro Foundation Future Teacher Scholarship was established as a means to encourage Scottsdale Unified School District seniors to pursue a career in teaching at one of the three Arizona public universities.

Tierney Turelli

Tierney Turelli

Both students — Casey Stewart and Tierney Turelli of Arcadia High School — will receive $5,000 scholarships due to their demonstration of outstanding achievement in academic and non-academic activities during their high school years. The scholarship is renewable annually for three additional consecutive years (awarding $20,000 total per scholarship). Scholarship funds will be awarded in July 2016.

“I want to be a teacher because many of the teachers that I had in my middle and high school experience have really opened my eyes to who I am,” said Arcadia High School Senior Cassie Stewart. “Having had that influence in my life has made me a better person and I would like to spread that influence when I grow up. I want to teach math, which is funny to people”

Ms. Stewart says she wants to help those students seeking the “A-ha!” moment.

“It is so careful and sought-out — when you get the right answer it is different than English, for example,” she said. “I like how math is so set in stone and I think teaching that would be very helpful to others.”

Ms. Stewart credits her Geometry teacher at Arcadia High School for pushing her in the right direction.

“I took a class at Arcadia that was peer tutoring and I helped a teacher teach Geometry — she actually was one of the Future Teacher Scholarship recipients in her day,” she explained. “She really helped me find the scholarship.”

Ms. Stewart contends good schools create good people.

“I think that school and education is most important while you are developing not only the brain but also your personality,” she said. “Teachers, they can help you and push you in the right direction.”

Arcadia High School senior Tierney Turelli has similar admirations for the teachers in her life.

“I have gone to school for a lot of years and I had a hard time with some courses — I just really didn’t get it,” she recalls. “But this teacher, she just kept trying and trying and worked really hard to help me. And, I thought to myself if this one teacher can impact me so much I want to be able to do that.”

Ms. Turelli says she wants to be in a position to do that kind of thing for someone else.

“I just want to be able to help people,” she said. “Just being able to help students, no matter what they are going through is just a really big goal of mine.”

Ms. Turelli says the Scottsdale Charros are helping her attain a life-long dream.

“I think that they are an amazing organization and I am so grateful that they chose me for a future teacher scholarship,” she said of the Scottsdale Charros. “I have wanted to be a teacher since I was little. I just think that they are a great organization and they need to continue to get the word out and let folks know what they do.”

For more information on The Charro Foundation Education Initiatives visit: www.charros.com/education-initiatives

Northeast Valley Managing Editor Terrance Thornton can be contacted at tthornton@newszap.com

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