Westminster Names 2014-15 Sorenson Legacy Foundation Fellows

Oct 24, 2014

Oct. 24, 2014 Fellowships awarded to students pursuing Master of Arts in Teaching degrees SALT LAKE CITY - Westminster College is proud to announce the following graduate students in Westminster's Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program have been awarded prestigious Sorenson Fellowships: Shauna Brand, Rachael Carver and Claire Proctor.   The Fellowship, courtesy of the Sorenson Legacy Foundation, carries a $5,000 tuition scholarship. As part of the award, Fellows develop a 15-hour arts-education project that they will complete in area schools or community settings.   About the awardees:   Shauna Brand served as President of Associated Actors and Technicians while pursuing her undergraduate degree at Weber State University. She was given the honor of Outstanding Service to the Department of Performing Arts and was recognized for outstanding academic achievement. Since finishing her degree, Shauna was hired as an adjunct instructor in the Theatre Department at Snow College and taught for several youth theatre programs along the Wasatch front. She is thrilled to be back in school pursuing her MAT at Westminster College. She plans to teach theatre at the high school level after graduation.   Rachael Carver was drawn to art at a young age and dedicated a large majority of her studies to the arts throughout high school. Her passion for the arts led her to furthering her education at Westminster College where she received a BFA in photography. After graduation she began working as a graphic designer for a local sign company. She also worked as an artist's assistant for local artists Suzanne Simpson and Jim Frazer. Rachael got her first taste for teaching while assisting Suzanne with a composition and design class. It was that experience along with the satisfaction she felt working as a nanny during her college years that awoke her passion for teaching. After a summer spent soul searching in the beautiful red rock deserts of Southern Utah, Rachael returned to Westminster College to pursue a career in teaching. By dual majoring in elementary and special education, she hopes to be well prepared to reach all students by incorporating art and creativity as fundamental aspects of her teaching philosophy. It is Rachael's belief that developing her students' creative potential is essential to the problem solving skills and empathy required by our global community.   Claire Proctor graduated from Utah State University (USU) with a BFA in Drawing and Painting and a minor in Art History. She has worked in many mediums but is especially interested in oil painting. Her work has been exhibited at Art Access, Alpine Art, USU, and Café Ibis Gallery. During her undergraduate studies at USU, she sought opportunities to experience teaching. She taught art principles to 5th grade students as an Arts Bridge Scholar and volunteered at a local after school program. She also traveled to China and taught English with the International Language Program. These positive experiences revealed a passion for art and teaching. She is currently enrolled in the MAT program and plans to become an Art teacher at the secondary school level.

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