CCLD Literacy Interventionist Scholarship 2017-07-28T19:18:20+00:00

CCLD Literacy Interventionist Scholarship

Eligibility: The $1,800.00 scholarship is open to state residents currently enrolled in teacher-preparation programs in an accredited college or university in Colorado. Applicants must have a plan of study or be working towards a degree or certification as a literacy interventionist. Applicants must complete at least one half of their program and have an overall-cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher in their literacy coursework.

Benefits: Recipients also receive a one-year membership to the Council for Learning Disabilities (CLD) and the Colorado Council for Learning Disabilities (CCLD). Award checks will be presented at the Math on the “Planes” Conference on February 24, 2018. Recipients will be featured in an article in the CCLD newsletter and will receive national recognition in LD Forum, the newsletter for the Council for Learning Disabilities.

Required Documents for Consideration:

• Most recent official, sealed college transcript (Students in a postbaccalaureate program must also include a sealed transcript of undergraduate study)

• Three letters of recommendation: Two letters (letters included in the initial program application or letters that address the applicant’s status with his/her plan of study) The third letter must be from a site supervisor and speak to the applicant’s ability to work with students with learning disabilities and colleagues.

• 500 Word Essay: “What Makes an Effective Teacher for Students with Learning Disabilities?”

• Autobiography (see Application Form for details)

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Meet the Recipients

Sara Scroggins

2017 CCLD Literacy Interventionist Scholarship Recipient


Sara Scroggins currently attends Colorado College and is working towards a Master’s Degree as a Literacy Interventionist. When asked to describe why she decided to pursue this Reading Interventionist degree, Sara states,

“My passion is for students to be successful and ensure they are able to learn in their own individual way. As a Literacy Interventionist, I can continue to influence the lives of students by believing in them, building a relationship, and provide them the tools they need to be successful in life.”

Rebecca Thompson, assistant principal of Odyssey Elementary School, remarks,

“Despite the fact that Sara has taught for many years, she continues to strive to increase her knowledge and improve her practices. Her enthusiasm doesn’t end with the learning of new programs, as can often be the case in education. She is very flexible and molds her instruction to what the students need based on her knowledge. She uses what she learns and reflects on the effects of its use.”

Karen Bixler, a special education teacher at Odyssey Elementary School, says of Sara,

“Sara demonstrates patience and understanding and that quality is a must in the teaching profession. The relationships she has built with her students demonstrate that she truly cares for their wellbeing and achievement, both socially and academically. Sara’s willingness to be open-minded and flexible helped create highly successful inclusive practices for students with special needs. “

The CCLD Board is honored to recognize Sara as a 2017 scholarship recipient.

Kelly Obeginski

2017 Literacy Interventionist Scholarship Recipient

Kelly Obeginski is currently pursuing her Master of Arts as a Literacy Interventionist at Colorado College. Kelly reflects about her passion for working with students with disabilities in her autobiography.

“This journey has developed a sense for what individual students need on an almost subconscious level. The skills, knowledge, and motivation required to provide effective instruction for students with learning disabilities begins with the strong foundation any teacher needs to be effective in educating students. This includes a desire and willingness to continue learning. Each student presents unique needs and challenges. Teachers are continually learning if they truly desire to provide students with the educational foundation they need to be successful in life given their unique combination of abilities and skills.”

Erin Craig-Fischi, a colleague at Ranch Creek Elementary School, remarks,

“Kelly’s belief that all students can learn to read proficiently, combined with her strong command of differentiated teaching strategies, makes her an incredible interventionist. Kelly’s collaboration with classroom teachers ensures we provide each student the most customized, appropriate fit to help them reach their reading goals.”

Susan Paulson, principal at Ranch Creek Elementary School states,

“Kelly is a distinguished teacher in many different ways. Through her outstanding performance as a second grade teacher and as a literacy coordinator and reading interventionist, Kelly has conscientiously and effectively served the needs of hundreds of students struggling to read, including those with disabilities. She is a top-notch diagnostician, she provides high levels of motivation during instruction, and she is extraordinarily skilled in guiding students to meet high expectations for learning and behavior. “

The CCLD Board is honored to recognize Kelly as a 2017 scholarship recipient.