B.F. Kitchen Elementary’s Debra Hudson Captures Thelma Pett Grant

Congratulations to B.F. Kitchen Elementary School paraprofessional Debra Hudson, who has been chosen to receive the 2016 Thelma Pett Grant from the Colorado Council International Reading Association (CCIRA).
Ms. Hudson began working at B.F. Kitchen Elementary in 2014. Her devotion to working with special needs students extends beyond the school day as she volunteers to tutor after school as well. After two years, she has made the commitment to complete her education and become a credentialed teacher with an intention to also attend graduate school.
“Working with students with special needs takes a special person, which Debra consistently demonstrates every day,” said co-worker Jessica Endres in her nomination letter.
The $1000 grant is to be used in her pursuit of an Associate’s Degree at Front Range Community College in Fort Collins.
Debra and one other grant winner will be recognized at the CCIRA annual conference on Saturday, February 6th at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Denver Tech Center, during the morning keynote presentation from 7:45 AM to 8:30 AM.
The purpose of the Thelma Pett Grant is to provide continuing education grant to individuals at the elementary, secondary, remedial reading and paraprofessional levels who demonstrate potential in the teaching of reading and related subjects.
Thelma Pett was a dedicated teacher of elementary through college students throughout her thirty-eight year career. She was also dedicated to learning and to continuing her own education, earning sixty hours beyond her master’s degree.
CCIRA is a professional organization of educators and community members who are dedicated to the promotion and advancement of literacy. It is the largest educational organization in the state of Colorado.

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