Education Student's Passion for Teaching, Leading Recognized
by Amanda Nelson
Jacqueline Horsman cannot remember a day she did not want to be a teacher. In her final semester as a UK College of Education student, Horsman has been honored with a 2013 Kentucky Education Association Marvin Dodson-Carl Perkins KEA $2,000 Scholarship.
Horsman discovered her love for working with children with moderate and severe disabilities when she began volunteering for the Home of the Innocents in Louisville during her sophomore year of high school. Horsman plans to move back to Louisville and pursue teaching in a functional mental disability (FMD) classroom, preferably in an elementary school setting.
Horsman became involved with the UK chapter of the Kentucky Education Association during her freshman year of college.
“After that first meeting, I was hooked,” she said. “I saw what good work the chapter did for the community through their events, and I also saw an opportunity to meet new friends. At the end of that year, I was elected outreach chair. The following year I was elected president of the UK chapter and the Read Across America Chair for Kentucky’s state student program. I had found a group that not only made me happy, but an association that taught me more than I could ever learn in the classroom.”
Horsman has taken on many other leadership positions during her years at UK. She is an ambassador for the College of Education, and vice-chair of the College of Education Council of Student Leaders. She has played an active role in Fayette County Education Association events, and also sits on the KEA Central District Board. She led the planning committee for the KEA Outreach 2 Teach event this past summer at Salyersville Grade School.
“All of these positions and responsibilities have given me great organization skills and great networks with other people,” she said. “I have grown into a more confident, well-rounded person, and I feel I will be a better teacher because of my time with KEA.”
Horsman also recently received the Omicron Kappa Delta award for Outstanding Senior in the College of Education.