Stacie Hawkins, who has struggled with learning disabilities, feels most comfortable in art classrooms. As a child, art offered her a safe place to explore, learn and problem solve that was different from her other classes. She learned confidently in her art courses, encouraged by caring, dedicated teachers.
Now a senior art education major, Stacie is ready and excited to begin student teaching.
“All my hard work has finally paid off, and I get to practice working alongside art teachers in their classrooms,” Stacie said. “I am very excited to see the fruits of my labor pay off.”
Stacie plans to begin teaching in her own classroom immediately after graduation and hopes to inspire her students to achieve their goals, just as her teachers helped her.
“I want to continue to exercise the importance of the arts in schools and in communities around the world,” she said. “I wish to travel and teach art overseas to those less fortunate.”
With help from The Doty Society, Stacie has been able to come to UT where she has transformed from an unengaged high school student into a passionate, motivated artist.
“I am so appreciative of this scholarship,” Stacie said. “It shows that my hard work and efforts through the years have not gone unrecognized.”