Doris U. Spencer Endowment

 

The Spencer Trust was established in 1997 through the bequest of Doris U. Spencer, a member of the faculty at Johnson State College for thirty years (from 1943 until her death in 1973), Chair of the Education Department, distinguished author and educator, and “teacher of teachers.”  She was named professor emeritus upon her retirement.  Dr. Spencer was a graduate of Lyndon Normal School and Boston University where she received her doctorate in 1957.  While at Boston University she began her work in individualizing reading instruction, work which became her trademark throughout her professional career.  Her ideas about reading instruction are, no doubt, part of the foundation upon which the whole language approach to reading is based.  She also established the first accredited kindergarten program in Vermont.  She was president of the Vermont Council on Reading and the Vermont Education Association, a secretary and board member of the New England Reading Association, and a membership officer of the International Reading Association.  She was awarded the Vermont Council of Reading’s Lyman C. Hunt Award for outstanding contributions to reading.   Dr. Spencer’s ideas still influence reading instruction today throughout Vermont, New England, and nationwide.

 

Doris U. Spencer Endowment Scholarships are awarded to undergraduates majoring in education who are judged to be top students on the basis of their GPAs, letters of reference, and essays. Awards can be made to graduate students.

             

Recent Recipients

2011

  • Heather Brault, Art major, Class of 2013, Newport Center, VT
  • Katelyn Breault, Art major with secondary licensure, Class of 2013, Orleans, VT
  • Angela Early, Elementary Education major with elementary licensure, Class of 2012, Middlebury, VT
  • Katie Forand, Elementary Education major with elementary licensure, Class of 2014, Bakersfield, VT
  • Nathaniel Furlong, Art major with elementary and secondary licensure, Class of 2011, South Burlington, VT
  • Nikolaus Holm, Mathematics major with secondary licensure, Class of 2013, Amherst, MA
  • Alaria Lanpher, Music – Classical Studies major with elementary and secondary licensure, Class of 2012, Underhill, VT
  • Maria Lovelette, Mathematics major with secondary licensure, Class of 2012, Eden, VT
  • James Luce, History major with secondary licensure, Class of 2013, St. Albans, VT
  • Kelsey Magee, Elementary Education major with elementary licensure and a certificate in nonprofit management, Class of 2014, Derry, NH
  • Danielle Oldenburg, Art major with elementary and secondary licensure, Class of 2012, Bridgewater Corners, VT
  • Penny Pizer, M.A. candidate, Education with elementary licensure, South Burlington, VT
  • Lyndsey Ploof, Elementary Education major with elementary licensure, Class of 2013, St. Albans, VT
  • Chelsea Rood, Music – Classical Studies major with elementary and secondary licensure, Class of 2013, Franklin, VT
  • Elizabeth Spier, English major with secondary licensure, Class of 2013, Jericho, VT
  • Kylie VanEtten, mathematics major with secondary licensure, Class of 2012, Montrose, PA

 

2010

  • Shawn Allen, Elementary Education major with a concentration in biology, Class of 2011, Greensboro Bend, VT
  • Jennifer Bethel, Elementary Education major with a concentration in psychology, Class of 2011, South Royalton, VT
  • Samantha Boymer, Elementary Education major, Class of 2011, Burlington, VT
  • Angela Early, Elementary Education major with a concentration in anthropology/sociology, Class of 2012, Middlebury, VT
  • Nathaniel Furlong, Art major with elementary and secondary licensure, Class of 2011, South Burlington, VT
  • Desiree Lacasse, Elementary Education major, Class of 2012, Hardwick, VT
  • Laura Miller, Elementary Education major, Class of 2011, Jeffersonville, VT
  • Chelsea Myers, Elementary Education major, Class of 2011, Essex Junction, VT
  • Josh Puopolo, Music - Classical Studies major with elementary and secondary licensure, Class of 2011, South Royalton, VT
  • Levi Fuller, Graduate student in Education with a concentration in special education, Class of 2011, Richford, VT

 

2009

  • Jennifer Bethel, majoring in elementary education, Class of 2010, S. Royalton, VT.
  • Dominique Couture, majoring in elementary education, Class of 2011, Morrisville, VT.
  • Timothy Curran, majoring in studio arts with secondary licensure, Class of 2010, Shaftsbury, VT.
  • Stephanie Girard, majoring in music education, Class of 2011, Meriden, CT. 
  • Amanda Kennedy, majoring in elementary education, Class of 2011, Barre, VT.
  • Desiree LaCasse, majoring in elementary education, Class of 2012, Hardwick, VT. 
  • Peter LeBlanc, majoring in music education, Class of 2012, Worcester, VT. 
  • Rayshelle Mazur, majoring in elementary education, Class of 2010, Suffield, CT. 
  • Shane Mulcahy, majoring in music education, Class of 2011, Johnson, VT.
  • Chelsea Myers, majoring in elementary education, Class of 2011, Essex Junction, VT. 
  • Joshua Puopolo, majoring in music education, Class of 2011, Johnson, VT.
  • Sara-Ann Wolf, majoring in elementary education, Class of 2012, Peru, NY. 
  • Jasmine Yuris, majoring in English with secondary licensure, Class of 2012, Moodus, CT.

 

2008

  • Ryan Anderson, majoring in English, secondary licensure, Class of 2009, Brookfield, VT.
  • Sophia Berard, majoring in studio arts, Class of 2010, St. Albans, VT.
  • Katherine Crown, majoring in studio arts, elementary and secondary licensure, Class of 2010, St George, VT.
  • Timothy Curran, majoring in art, secondary licensure, Class of 2010, Shaftsbury, VT.
  • Maureen Driscoll, majoring in elementary education, Class of 2010, Washington, VT.
  • Christine Friant, majoring in mathematics, secondary licensure, Class of 2011, York, ME.
  • Stephanie Girard, majoring in music education, elementary and secondary licensure, Class of 2011, Meriden, CT.
  • Scott Graner, majoring in health science, physical education licensure, Class of 2009, Stowe, VT.
  • Samantha Houle, majoring in elementary education, Class of 2011, Derby, VT.
  • Micah Jankowski, majoring in outdoor education, Class of 2011, Manchester, CT.
  • Amanda Kennedy, majoring in elementary education, Class of 2011, Barre, VT.
  • Megan Lewis, majoring in English, secondary licensure, Class of 2011, Barre, VT.
  • Lindsey Mold, majoring in art, secondary licensure, Class of 2011, East Burke, VT.
  • Shane Mulcahy, majoring in music education, elementary and secondary licensure, Class of 2010, Malden, MA.
  • Carolee Murchie, majoring in music education, elementary and secondary licensure, Class of 2009, Rutland, VT.
  • Edward Robbins, majoring in environmental science/natural resources, physical science, secondary licensure, Class of 2010, Stowe, VT.
  • Dana Thomas, majoring in music education, elementary and secondary licensure, Class of 2009, Franklin, VT.
  • Meagan Towle, majoring in English, secondary licensure, Class of 2011, Waterville, VT.
  • Mary Tryhorne, majoring in elementary education, Class of 2009, Richford, VT.

 

2007

  • Vanessa Astacio, majoring in education, Class of 2008, Montpelier, VT.
  • Tricia Bache, majoring in art education, Class of 2008, Holliston, MA.
  • Amanda Collins, majoring in elementary education, Class of 2007, Fairfax, VT.
  • Katherine Crown, double majoring in art and education, Class of 2009, St. George, VT.
  • Maureen Driscoll, majoring in elementary education, Class of 2009, Washington, VT.
  • Ashley Favreau, majoring in elementary education, Class of 2010, Derby, VT.
  • Mark Gebo, majoring in elementary education, Class of 2008, Brattleboro, VT.
  • Christina Hill, majoring in art education, Class of 2007, Washington, D.C.
  • Sloane Irwin, majoring in elementary education, Class of 2010, Johnson, VT.
  • Christopher Lamica, majoring in elementary education, Class of 2008, Averill Park, NY.
  • Elizabeth Lawson, double majoring in elementary education and art, Class of 2008, Lyndonville, VT.
  • Jenna Lewis, majoring in elementary education, Class of 2008, Middlebury, VT.
  • Carolee Murchir, majoring in elementary education, Class of 2010, Williamstown, VT.
  • Shane Mulcahby, majoring in musical theater, Class of 2010, Malden, MA.
  • Joanna Oakley, majoring in elementary education, Class of 2008, Salisbury, NH.
  • Kyle Reardon, majoring in music education, Class of 2008, Rutland, VT.
  • Celine Riendeau, double majoring in elementary education and psychology, Class of 2007, Burlington, VT.
  • Chelsey Snyder, majoring in elementary education, Class of 2008, East Barre, VT.
  • Amanda Thomas, majoring in health science with a K-12 licensure in physical education, Class of 2008, Jeffersonville, VT.
  • Dana Thomas, majoring in music education, Class of 2008, Franklin, VT.
  • Claudia Woodward, majoring in elementary education with a mathematics concentration, Class of 2008, Enosburg Falls, VT.
  • Kyoko Yokoyama, majoring in environmental science, Class of 2008, Japan.