Sussex Technical High School English instructor Stephanie Pegelow was recently awarded a $5,000 scholarship from the Village Improvement Association to complete her master’s degree in reading. She hopes to use it to help students who are struggling.
“Reading is a powerful skill that students must have for college and career readiness,” she said. “My hope is to nurture a love for reading within all of my students. I want to prepare them for the reading they will do in their technical careers or college coursework.”
Pegelow has been a member of the Sussex Tech faculty since 2013; she holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware and a master’s degree in secondary education from Wilmington University. She is pursuing her master’s in reading from Wilmington University.
Also receiving a scholarship was Khara Bauer, an English as a Second Language teacher at Rehoboth Elementary School.
The VIA performs charitable and civic work in Rehoboth Beach and other locations. In 2018, it donated $92,700 to local projects and agencies. The scholarships are awarded by the VIA with funding provided by the Lowe II Foundation.