TASA Names Recipients of 2019 Johnny L. Veselka Scholarship
01.09.2019 — TASA has named the 2019 recipients of the Johnny L. Veselka Scholarship, awarded annually since 2014 to outstanding doctoral students pursuing careers in educational leadership, with particular emphasis on the superintendency.
Each of the following recipients will be awarded a $2,500 scholarship during the TASA Midwinter Conference in Austin January 27-30:
Marny Doepken, curriculum coordinator for Clear Creek ISD in League City, is working toward her doctorate in global education leadership at Lamar University.
|Courtney Jerkins, coordinator of elementary science/social studies and English learners for Midway ISD near Waco, is working toward her doctorate in educational leadership from Baylor University.
“I am pursuing the superintendency because it is a culmination of all of the things that have shaped my life thus far: a desire to serve others, a passion for education, a desire to support students and teachers, and now a desire to work with entire communities to promote student success,” she wrote. “My experiences will be tools that I will use as a superintendent. I know that I will need a vision for the district and a strategic plan to ensure the vision is realized. I know that working with others and providing opportunities for shared leadership will be an important part of motivating stakeholders to work toward the vision. And, I know that I have a lot to learn. I’m eager to use the tools I have and gain new ones as I continue on this journey.”
The scholarship recognizes the leadership of Dr. Johnny L. Veselka, who dedicated nearly 44 years of service to the association, including 32 years as TASA’s executive director.