For the past 39 years, the East Williston Teachers’ Association has awarded a scholarship to a graduating senior who plans to study education and to become a teacher. The David K. Israel Scholarship is a $10,000 scholarship, named after a 40 year veteran English teacher who served as the East Williston Teachers’ Association President for more than a quarter century.
This year’s recipient is Mr. Lucas Schmuck
One teacher describes Lucas as born to be a teacher; they are a natural. He is gushingly enthusiastic about the books and authors he loves. He is an astute reader, with fresh insights and confidence. Lucas has taught meticulously well prepared lessons in SWS. The student feedback for the class was outstanding. So much so, that the students demanded a follow up class!
Lucas is described by another faculty member as an incredible student of literature. He is an excellent participant in discussions, always analyzing deeply and reading closely. Lucas has the ability to take whatever text is being read and make it relatable to all the students in the class. A skill which is incredibly necessary for a successful educator! Lucas is passionate about his subject area and about helping students. He is intelligent and quick thinking. I enthusiastically recommend this person for the Scholarship.
What is most impressive however, is his desire to become and the strong ideas he has as to what makes a great teacher. Lucas already understands that encouraging creativity, individual exploration and helping students discover who they are and what they want is as important as the curriculum. Schools can be a difficult place, and teachers are always there to make it better. It is Lucas’ ultimate goal to be one of those teachers.
Indiana University is truly fortunate to welcome him this fall.
Tax deductible contributions can be made to the David K. Israel Scholarship Foundation c/o The Wheatley School, 11 Bacon Road, Old Westbury, NY, 11568
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