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Jefferson awarded Dyslexia Therapy Scholarship

Keria Jefferson has been awarded the Penny Rodrique Dyslexia Therapy Scholarship in the amount of $2,000 for the 2017-18 and the 2018-19 school years. She has been accepted to the dyslexia therapy master's program at William Carey University. She will attend the summer session in Hattiesburg during the month of June 2017 and then will continue to work on her master’s degree.  
 
Jefferson has worked in education for more than 15 years and is currently a kindergarten teacher at Pass Christian Elementary School. She was an interpreter for the Pass Christian School District, and later a program director of the Boys and Girls Club Qatar Center, before becoming a teacher assistant in the Pass Christian School District. Jefferson earned a bachelor’s degree in education from The University of Southern Mississippi in May 2015. 
 
Jefferson said she will use the $2,000 scholarship to hone her skills and continue to provide vital instruction for her students. “I love helping my students develop reading and writing skills that are the foundation for their future education,” she said. “I’m very excited to have this honor and to continue my education at William Carey University.”
 
The purpose of the Master of Education in dyslexia therapy is to train educators in research-based Orton-Gillingham methodology to deliver comprehensive dyslexia therapy to students with dyslexia and related disorders. The master’s degree meets the Mississippi Department of Education licensure requirements. 
 
The WCU program is accredited through the International Dyslexia Association (IDA). The program’s schedule is designed to accommodate working teachers with classes held for two weeks in the summer and one weekend each trimester. Therapists in training will provide therapy to students as they progress through the program. 
 
For more information about the Master of Education in dyslexia therapy, please contact Cena Holifield at (601) 318-6600 or email cholifield@wmcarey.edu