Thankful for the Gift of Time
Mishork's mother, sister, brother-in-law and aunt are teachers, so it
wasn't surprising that she decided to follow in their footsteps.
In fact, she could hardly wait to grow up and become a teacher herself.
She was only 7 years old when she attempted to take over her mother's
Now, after earning both her bachelor's degree in education and her teaching
credential, Lauren will soon have her master's degree.
It hasn't been easy. Lauren packed her classes into 12-hour chunks two
days a week so that she could work at a pharmaceutical company and as
a teacher's aide.
As her last semester approached, however, she knew that student teaching
responsibilities would require her to be in a Bay Area school every
"This semester was very scary. I knew I wouldn't have enough time
to work," Lauren says.
Her fear subsided when she learned she was the first recipient of the
Karl Richard Lane Scholarship at SFSU.
"The scholarship has been my saving grace," says Lauren, who
now has plenty of time to plan lessons for her first graders at Marin
In 2003, the Karl Richard Lane Education Foundation approved funding
for two annual awards to students from all credential and graduate degree
programs in the College of Education. The two scholarships of $3,000
each cover students' tuition and book expenses.
The foundation is named in memory of Karl Richard Lane, the late son
of Jerry and Karen Lane and the grandson of professor of education Vera
Like Lauren, Jerry Lane worked to pay for his education at SFSU. He
graduated with a bachelor's degree in computer science in 1986. His
friends, who told him that a career in computer programming would be
a lucrative one, were right. Jerry got in on the ground floor of a computer
start-up which became the first acquisition by Dell Inc.
"A college education made such an important difference in my life,"
Both Jerry and Karen are excited to know that through their good fortune
they are helping not only tomorrow's teachers, but also students for
generations to come.
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of University Development.
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