NSU grad students get La-CEC grants

Several Northwestern State University graduate students completing Master of Education or Master of Arts in Teaching degrees in special education were awarded $500 mini-grants for their classrooms from the Louisiana Council for Exceptional Children (LA-CEC). Awards were presented at La-CEC awards program in Lafayette Jan. 30.

Those who received grants, their schools and projects are Mary Andermann, APPLe Digital Academy, Ascension Parish, “Practical Career Planning;” Connie Bowen, Grant Prairie Elementary, St. Landry Parish, “Learning Science While Growing;” Sally-Rose Cragin, Hazel Park Hilda Knoff Elementary, Jefferson Parish, “Comprehensive Reading Tools for Students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing;” Tonda Collett, Bogalusa High, Bogalusa Parish, “Transitions Pathways: Parents + Students = Success;” Michelle Frederick, Benton Middle School, Bossier Parish,”Inspiring Comprehension through Technology;” Rebecca Lee-Poklemba, Aiken Virtual Program, Rapides Parish, “Improving Reading Comprehension with Text-to-Speech NaturalReader;” Ted Turlock, New Iberia Senior High, Iberia Parish, “Growing Together and Across the Curriculum.”

The assignment for the students was to follow the LA-CEC mini grant guidelines to apply for funding for a class project. Students learned the grant writing process including project description, statement of need, description of population, objectives, activities and timeline, evaluation procedures, project benefits, budget and letter of endorsement. LA-CEC awards the grants for projects that educate children with exceptionalities, improve relationships within families of children with exceptionalities, developing independent living or employment skills for students with exceptionalities or use technology to enhance education for children/youth with exceptionalities.

“I am thrilled that our students have an opportunity to learn grant-writing skills and are rewarded for their efforts by receiving $500 to spend in their classrooms,” said Dr. Barb Duchardt, professor in NSU’s Department of Teaching, Leadership and Counseling.

Donna Edwards, first lady of Louisiana presented awards to all winners along with Bambi Polotzola, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Disabilities Affairs.

Kelly Phillips, NSU graduate student pursuing add-on educational diagnostician special education certification, received the LA-CEC $1,000 Scholarship.

For information on NSU’s graduate programs in education offered through the university’s Gallaspy College of Education and Human Development, visit tlc.nsula.edu.

Several NSU students seeking graduate degrees in special education received mini-grants from the Louisiana Council for Exceptional Children to implement in their classrooms. From left are Mary Andermann, Rebecca Lee-Poklemba, Louisiana First Lady Donna Edwards, Sally-Rose Cragin, Connie Bowen, Tonda Collett, Michelle Frederick, Karen Henson and Bambi Polotzola, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Disabilities Affairs. Not pictured is Ted Turlock.


Kelly Phillips, a Northwestern State University graduate student seeking a master’s degree in special education, was awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the Louisiana Council for Exception Children. From left are Donna Edwards, first lady of Louisiana, Jon Downs, Phillips and Bambi Polotzola, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Disabilities.