TSSSA 2013 Scholarship Winner, Linda Jane Sharp
Ms. Sharp is our 2013 Scholarship winner. Ms. Sharp currently attends Tarleton State University and is student teaching in 9th grade World Geography at Copperas Cove High School. She has been a member of the History, English, and International Honor Societies. She has done community service as a volunteer at the Copperas Cove Junior High School for Social Studies, AmeriCorps (City Year), Central Texas Boys and Girls Club for Copperas Cove, and the Cove House Emergency Homeless Shelter. Her honors include Coca Cola Outstanding Minority Scholarship 2009 (University of Pittsburgh, the Thomas Pickering Fellowship Finalist, 2009, University of Texas High Honors, 2007, University of Texas Dean’s List 2005-2007, Outstanding Korean Language Student Award 2006, Central Texas College Honors and Dean’s List.
She was in the Study Abroad Program, Intensive Korean Language Program and the Intermediate Level Korean Language course at Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea. Her leadership positions include the City Year Young Heroes Logistics Chair, Young Heroes Team Leader, Camp City Year Operations Director, Boys and Girls Club after school program, MOVES program facilitator, First Grade Sunday School Teacher and Vacation Bible School Assistant Director.
Ms. Sharp has a Masters in International Affairs and two Bachelors’ Degrees in Asian Studies and Government. She has also completed an internship at the Embassy of Korea in Washington D.C. She has turned her attention to teaching social studies. She believes that the direction of our world is explained and directed by people’s choices made in regards to their knowledge of social studies.
She has three core goals as a teacher, which are to instill in all children the understanding that they have the potential to make great contributions to the world. She wants to teach lessons that enlighten, expand, and challenge the minds of her students, and promote an environment in the classroom of self-discovery through learning.
Grace Tolleson, Ms. Sharp’s reference cites her as being very enthusiastic for the teaching profession with a strong work ethic.
About the Ann Rogers Scholarship
Ann Rogers was the Director of Social Studies for the Texas Education Agency for ten years. She spent her years in that position championing the needs of social studies teachers across the state of Texas. She has encouraged and enabled the excellence of social studies instruction in the state of Texas and has guided the writing and implementation of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills. This scholarship was created to honor Ann Rogers and her vision of the teaching of social studies in Texas!
The Ann Rogers Scholarship is funded by the Texas Social Studies Supervisors Association, a non-profit, tax-exempt entity chartered under the laws of the State of Texas. The scholarship was created to provide scholarship funds for a student teacher doing his/her student teaching in social studies in the state of Texas. This $1,000.00 scholarship paid directly to the student.
Click here to download the Ann Rogers Scholarship Application Form.