Two Early Childhood Education Students Awarded Louisiana PTA Scholarships



 Allison Davidson, Louisiana PTA Scholarship recipient

Kelli Attales and Allison Davidson, two juniors in the Early Childhood Education Program in the School of Education (SOE), received $1,000 each from the Louisiana Parent Teacher Association (PTA) for their scholarly achievements.

Attales, from Lafayette, Louisiana, and Davidson, from Metairie, Louisiana, will graduate in May 2018, and both plan on becoming PK-3 public school teachers in Louisiana.

“From receiving this scholarship, I am encouraged to continue working hard, as it is heartwarming to know my academic success is acknowledged and appreciated,” Davidson said.

Dr. Cyndi DiCarlo, professor of early childhood education and executive director of the Early Childhood Education Laboratory Preschool, said this recognition is special because it shows the hard-working and motivated culture of students in the School of Education.

 “Allison and Kelli deserve these scholarships tremendously,” Dr. DiCarlo said. “They have exemplified everything you should see in an aspiring educator: a love for learning and teaching, a passion for helping others, and a desire to be the best of the best.”

Attales said she wants to work in a low socio-economic area in Louisiana to provide high-quality education to children who are not able to receive a private or highly resourced public education.

“These students need a teacher who will put in the extra hours, spend their own money, and go the extra mile for their students to receive a quality education and establish a love of learning within them,” she said. “I want to be that teacher.”

photoKelli Attales, Louisiana PTA Scholarship recipient.

Davidson said she encourages all education students to become familiar with the Louisiana PTA and other similar organizations.

“This connection allows opportunities for students, such as this scholarship, and it will create a relationship that will be beneficial once your career as an educator begins,” she said.

About the Early Childhood Education Program

The Early Childhood Programs at LSU are designed in alignment with the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s Standards of Professional Practice. The program offers a bachelor’s degree (PK-3 Certification), an Early Childhood Certificate, a Master’s of Education, Educational Specialist degree, and a Doctoral degree in Education. 

About SOE
The LSU School of Education (SOE) offers graduate and undergraduate programs in Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Leadership and Research, and Counseling, including two completely online master’s programs. SOE offers a range of professional and academic degree programs that focus on preparing students for careers in education, research, policy formation and implementation, as well as program oversight. The School’s mission is to prepare P-12 educational professionals to be leaders, practitioners, and scholars knowledgeable in contemporary educational issues. SOE is part of the College of Human Sciences & Education.  

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About CHSE

The College of Human Sciences & Education (CHSE) is a nationally accredited division of Louisiana State University. The college is comprised of the School of Education, the School of Leadership & Human Resource Development, the School of Kinesiology, the School of Library & Information Science, the School of Social Work, and the University Laboratory School. These combined schools offer 8 undergraduate degree programs, 18 graduate programs, and 7 online graduate degree programs, enrolling more than 2,020 undergraduate and 879 graduate students. The College is committed to achieving the highest standards in teaching, research, and service and is committed to improving quality of life across the lifespan.

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