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.

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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