Knox Student Wins National Education Award

From WGIL radio:

For the second year in a row, Knox College student Jordan Lanfair has been awarded a Prospective Educator Scholarship from Phi Delta Kappa, the national honor society for professional educators.

A junior educational studies major from Chicago, Lanfair is one of only two college students in the nation to win a 2010 Prospective Educator Scholarship. The other 37 award winners are high school students planning to go into teaching. Scholarship amounts range from $500 to $1,500 — Lanfair’s award includes a $1,000 scholarship from the Phi Delta Kappa Education Foundation. Lanfair also won the award in 2009.

“The award is based on academic excellence, a faculty nomination and an essay by the student nominees on their career goals in education,” said Stephen Schroth, assistant professor of education and president of the Phi Delta Kappa chapter that includes Knox College and other schools in Knox County.

At Knox, Lanfair has taught in the Knox College for Kids Program, and under “Project REACH: A Model for Preparing Pre-Service and In-Service Teachers to Better Serve Gifted Children,” a program developed by Schroth and Jason Helfer, associate professor of education. This summer, he will again teach in the Knox College for Kids program, and in Knox’s Navajo Professional Teaching Development Program, in which Knox students teach at the Navajo Lutheran Mission School in Arizona.