Cal Poly Pomona's Partners in Education Sponsors 3 Future Teachers

Cal Poly Pomona's Partners in Education Sponsors 3 Future Teachers
Joanna Hall (center) stands with President Michael Ortiz and Dean Barbara Way after receiving her award.
Andrian Chavez (center) and his family gather after he received his award at Kellogg House Pomona on Feb. 28.
AnaLisa Manlic (center) is flanked by her mother, sister, Linda Abelman and Betty Ortiz during the PIE luncheon.

University President Michael Ortiz and wife, Betty, recently joined members of Partners in Education to award $5,000 scholarships to three teaching credential students.

The future teachers – Andrian Chavez, Joanna Hall and AnaLisa Manlic – were each praised for their academic achievements and aspirations to enter the teaching profession.

“As a superintendent at Savannah School District in Anaheim, I know how critical the need is for educators who are passionate about teaching; who want to make a difference in their students' lives; and who really care about students and the profession,” said PIE Director Sue Johnson, at Kellogg House Pomona. “Our focus today is to celebrate three very special students who we hope will become exceptional teachers.”

PIE serves as an advocacy group in support of education and the teaching profession through collaborations with schools, families and communities.

Earning a teaching credential is challenging and time consuming. It is common for credential students to spend four or five days in the classroom, so it can be difficult to work in addition to going to school.

Members of PIE hope that the financial support allows the students to focus more time on their studies.

The Honorees:

Andrian Chavez obtained bachelor's and master's degrees in Kinesiology, with a certificate in Alternative Nutrition. He is currently a substitute teacher for the Ontario-Montclair School District and has also worked at the De Anza Teen Center as a senior recreation leader. His professional goal is to become a middle school physical education teacher.

Teaching runs in the Chavez family. His mother and aunt are both educators. He is interested in motivating students to learn more about physical education and how it contributes to healthy living habits in and out of the school environment. Chavez has been involved in community services projects throughout the city of Ontario, such as recruiting adolescents to participate in various service-oriented programs.

Joanna Hall will graduate in June with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies as well as receiving a Multiple Subjects Credential. She is an excellent student and has been on the dean's academic honor roll for the past eight quarters. She is also a member of the Golden Key International Honor Society.

Hall's professional goals are to become an elementary school teacher, obtain her Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, and down the road to return to obtain a Masters of Education in Administration as she hopes to become an elementary school principal one day. Hall also volunteers with the Boys and Girls Club of Pomona and has spent many hours working at a local animal shelter.

AnaLisa Manlic will graduate in this spring with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies. She already has experience working with students by providing private tutoring to elementary to 12th graders as well as working with students in the ESL program.

As Manlic embarks on her teaching career, she is interested in actively participating in the political process as it relates to issues facing education. She is currently employed as a student assistant at Cal Poly Pomona and has gained tremendous organizational and administrative skills while assisting with events at Kellogg House Pomona. She is very involved with Barkada, the Filipino American student organization on campus, which encompasses community outreach and volunteer activities.