PEARCY – Brittany Bailey, a fourth-grade teacher at Lake Hamilton Middle School, was recently named the 2021 recipient of the Parsons-Burnett Scholarship.
The scholarships are awarded annually by the Arkansas Retired Teachers Association for the purpose of supporting Arkansas public school educators in the pursuit of their education, the Lake Hamilton School District said in a press release.
Bailey, a graduate of Henderson State University, said on Tuesday that the grant opportunity had been “sent to our district, so I just applied,” and the scholarship committee “actually contacted me. They sent a letter. by mail and also emailed me. I was pretty excited to find out I had it.
âThe program I’m working on right now doesn’t allow me to use grants or Pell loans, so these are all personal expenses. So it was very exciting to be able to get that,â Bailey said.
“I’m going back to school to get my license as a program director through Arkansas State University, (and) hopefully someday to become a program director. Otherwise, something between the class and that, which would be a facilitator of some sort. “
Going back to school as a full-time teacher can be a challenge, but Bailey said, “I already did. I already have my masters. While I was doing this, I was teaching everything full-time. the weather. “
The courses are “all online courses,” she said. “So at night, on weekendsâ¦ these are my times where I kind of have to put aside chunks of time so that I can work on that.”
Bailey said of this school year that she’s been looking forward to “hopefully a regular school as much as possible. You knowâ¦ back to classâ¦ as much normalcy as possible.”
Twelve scholarships were awarded this year through a competitive application process, all funded by contributions from ARTA members, the statement said.
ARTA was created in 1939-40 with 15 members. Today, it is Arkansas’ fourth largest trade association. The organization maintains an active interest in public education while championing the professional, personal, social and economic well-being of retired public school employees (and future retirees).
Caroline Miller and Golden Lloyd of the Garland County Retired Teachers Association presented the check to Bailey. Any retired Garland County educator can join the GCRTA for its first meeting on September 17th. For more information, send an email [emailÂ protected]
For more information about the Arkansas Retired Teachers Association or the Parsons-Burnett Scholarships, call 501-375-2958.
Golden Lloyd, left, and Caroline Miller, right, of the Garland County Retired Teachers Association presented the scholarship to Brittany Bailey. – Photo submitted