The Directors of the Fort Atkinson Community Foundation have awarded a $2,000 Eileen Harrison Education Scholarship to Fort Atkinson agriculture teacher, Shannon Lyon. A 2000 graduate of Fort Atkinson High School, Lyon earned a bachelor’s degree in agriculture education from the University of Wisconsin–River Falls in 2004. Since 2007, she has been an agriculture teacher at Fort Atkinson High School where she also serves as a FFA advisor.
After teaching for over a decade, Lyon recently decided to begin pursuing a master’s degree in career and technical education at the University of Wisconsin–Stout, both to enhance her skills and knowledge base and, ultimately, to help her students find success in career and technical fields.
She also hopes to help local businesses by making sure her students are getting the training they need to fill local positions, noting that “working with businesses can help CTE area teachers refresh their curriculum and keep their content area relevant.”
Continuing to teach full-time while going back to school, Lyon hopes to graduate from the master’s program in May 2020.
The Eileen Harrison Education Scholarship Fund was a gift to the Fort Atkinson Community Foundation by Martin Harrison to honor his wife, Eileen, who was a kindergarten teacher in the Fort Atkinson School District for 28 years. The earnings of this fund support a scholarship awarded annually to residents of the Fort Atkinson area, employees of the Fort Atkinson School District or graduates of Fort Atkinson High School who are currently pursuing a degree in the field of education at a college or university.
The Harrisons are especially interested in providing financial assistance and encouragement to educators who are committee to classroom teaching.
For more information about this scholarship or the Fort Atkinson Community Foundation, visit www.fortfoundation.org or contact the foundation’s administrator, Sue Hartwick, at (920) 563-3210 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.