Polk Central teacher receives continuing education grant
Published 12:36 pm Wednesday, January 24, 2024
Breeanna Powell of Rutherfordton has received a grant from the Program for Continuing Education, a program of educational support from the PEO Sisterhood. She was sponsored by Chapter H of Hendersonville. The grant will be applied toward her tuition at Western Carolina University where she is pursuing a master’s degree to teach special education.
In 2015, Breeanna received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Art Institute of Philadelphia. After working for several years in management, she found her calling as a special education teacher at Polk Central Elementary School in Mill Spring.
In 2021, Breeanna began classes at Western Carolina University to receive her Master of Arts in teaching special education – general curriculum K-12. She plans to graduate in December of 2024. This degree will aid her in her professional development and advance her special education career goals.
The Philanthropic Educational Organization (P.E.O.) was founded in 1869 in Mount Pleasant, Iowa. P.E.O. celebrates the advancement of women; educates women through scholarships, grants, awards, loans and stewardship of Cottey College; and motivates women to achieve their highest aspirations. P.E.O. has five educational projects for women of all ages and educational backgrounds. For more information on educational opportunities visit peointernational.org/projects.
The Program for Continuing Education was established in 1973 to provide need-based grants for women in the U.S. and Canada whose education was interrupted and who now are returning to school to complete their degrees. P.E.O. Chapter H has been a part of the Hendersonville/Flat Rock community since it was organized in 1961.
Submitted by Peg Luy