ZANESVILLE, Ohio – Aileen Leasure wanted teachers to have the opportunity she never had.
Retired teacher Sue Bell said after not being able to attend school for her Master’s Degree, Mrs. Leasure wanted to make sure other teachers were able to continue their education. Bell said Mrs. Leasure left property to be sold so a scholarship could be awarded to a teacher working on their Master’s and that this year’s recipient, Kathleen Luburgh, would have made Mrs. Leasure smile.
“I can almost see her smiling down at Kathleen today, she would’ve like her so much,” said Bell. “Mrs. Leasure was always interested in giving every student every chance and to be an intervention specialist would just be something she would love.”
Kathleen Luburgh said she is teaching with Newark City Schools but is also completing courses towards her Master’s. She said being awarded the scholarship will not only allow her to finish her degree but to become a better teacher.
“It will definitely help me just learn more about different ways to teach children and learn how to make connections and learn more about how I can provide different interventions for kids,” said Luburgh.
Luburgh said she was honored to be selected and very thankful for being awarded the scholarship.