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Student-teacher Lauren Mishork helps a first grader with her work while another first grader waits for his teacher’s help behind her. 'This scholarship really saved me,' says Lauren Mishork. The grad student no longer has to race to a part-time job after she's finished teaching. Photo by Lui Gino de GrandisTeacher Thankful for the Gift of Time
Lauren 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 preschool class.

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 day.

"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 Elementary School.

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 Lane.

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," he says.

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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