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Joan L. Simmons Scholarship established

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Dr. Joan Simmons, Ph.D., a senior faculty member in the College of Education and Human Services (COEHS), passed away unexpectedly in January 2015, after a brief illness. A scholarship for a candidate or current graduate student (full- or part-time), for licensure, a certificate or master’s degree in Literacy and Language has been established in her memory.

Joan began her teaching career as a middle school language arts teacher. She was a dedicated public school teacher for 21 years. She earned her doctorate from Indiana University and worked for UW-Green Bay before joining the faculty at UW Oshkosh. She served as a literacy professor at UW Oshkosh from 1997 to 2015. She also frequently presented at national conventions for the College Reading Association and International Reading Association.

Joan loved getting future teachers from other disciplines, especially art, music and physical education, excited about integrating reading and writing in their classrooms. She also took great pride in her hands-on tutoring clinical courses, in which she always celebrated the growth of her graduate students and the K-12 students they served. Her contributions will be greatly missed.

Joan made a difference in the lives of many. If you would like to donate to her scholarship, click on the “Give Now” button. Be sure to indicate in the Gift allocations note that your gift is for the Dr. Joan Simmons Scholarship. Your generosity will make a difference in the lives of students and help Joan’s memory live on forever.

by Kempen, Kayde L last modified Jul 15, 2015 10:44 AM
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