The Rotary Club of Belize Sunrise is proud to support our Global Grant Scholar recipient, Jennylee McLaughlin, who began her Master’s Degree in Higher Education Student Affairs at Western Carolina University in August, 2016. Her chosen program will prepare her to work with secondary and tertiary level students in the areas of academic advising and counseling, leadership, and administration – skills that will help her make a difference in students’ lives by preparing them for their future.
A young but determined teacher, Jennylee decided to pursue this program because she believes that it is important for educators to prepare students for their futures by equipping them with professional, practical and personal transferable skills, which must start early in a student’s academic pursuits. Her goal as an educator is to help to mold the next generation of difference-makers. She is passionate about teaching, but she plans to extend that goal even further, and believes her calling is to be a community builder. She says, “I love being a part of a thriving and growing community. It is so rewarding to watch others expand their abilities and knowing that you contributed to their success.”
At the same time, she also recognizes the continuous changes and transformations occurring in our society and affecting institutions of higher education (high school drop-outs, academic challenges, social challenges, etc.). It is her desire that her experiences as part of this program enable her to make an impact on education in Belize in the future. During her studies, she will have the opportunity to become certified in the Orton-Gillingham method for literacy training, and she will additionally be volunteering with an elementary school to gain experience working with students of varying abilities. Jennylee hopes that her work will provide opportunities for others to grow and improve their lives and those of others in their community.
We wish Jennylee every success in her studies and look forward to seeing great things from her in the future. Congratulations!