Due to the generosity of support from donors like you, the Cato College of Education at UNC Charlotte was able to select the first recipient of the Theresa Perez Memorial Scholarship. Below is an excerpt of the announcement.
"Transformative Leader" Selected as First Recipient of Theresa Perez Memorial Scholarship
"Lydia Fergison 09’ M.Ed., principal of North K-8 Language Academy and education doctoral student, is the first recipient of the Theresa Perez Memorial Scholarship.
Fergison, one of Perez's former students, previously served as the principal at Newell Elementary. She has successfully led previous schools to high-academic growth, and presented at state and national conferences on school leadership. She is a graduate of UNC Charlotte’s Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language program, and is currently a doctoral student in the Curriculum and Instruction program with a focus on urban literacy.
“Recipients of the Theresa Perez Memorial Scholarship must demonstrate a deep level of commitment to the promotion of equity and the advocacy for english learners. Under Dr. Perez's mentorship, Lydia dedicated her professional career to the education of immigrant children and their families,” said Lan Kolano, chair of the Department of Middle, Secondary, and K-12 Education. “As a principal, she has been a transformative leader in the promotion of social justice throughout all of the schools that she has served.”
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