For the past 28 years, the East Williston Teachers’ Association has awarded scholarships to graduating seniors whose plans are to study education and to become a teacher.
The teachers in East Williston are proud to support our students as they begin their academic pursuits that will ultimately culminate in what we know will be a rewarding career as an educator. We cannot think of a more fitting way for a group of teachers to honor our profession and give back to the community. “
The David K. Israel Scholarship, is a $12,000 scholarship, named after a 40 year veteran English teacher who served as the East Williston Teachers’ Association President for more than a quarter century and was a founding trustee for the EWTA Scholarship Foundation.
This year’s David K. Israel Scholarship recipient is Ms. Rachel Tomei.
One of her teachers describes her as someone who loves learning. She is extremely diligent, contentious and efficient. She is a good planner, and manages her time wisely. She is kind, easy to get along with, and is a team player. Another teacher describes her as dedicated, unbelievably reliable, and organized student. She is described as an open and accepting person who has the ability to build strong relationships.
Rachel has already had success working with struggling students. She is a highly sought out peer tutor. Additionally, she has been volunteering to work with special needs children assisting them in improving their skills.
When describing her work with a special needs student, Rachel reflects on her ability to help a frustrated young man develop skills, build confidence and find success. She spoke of the privilege she feels to work with children and the desire to “connect” with kids to foster their learning.
Rachel will be attending Binghamton University.
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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