Ricki Stevens, an intern in Special Education at West Side, has been selected for the Internship II award for the fall semester by Pi Beta chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, the international honor society in education.
Stevens, who was hired to begin teaching January 7 at West Side, was nominated by her supervisor, her field placement coordinator, and her mentor, who all shared her many noteworthy, exceptional qualities.
West Side teacher Kay Roseberry, her mentor at WSHS, conveyed, “Ricki has always been ‘on it.’ She is extremely responsible and conscious of time frames, due process dates, meetings, student grades, and school calendar dates. … She is a one-of-a-kind young lady.”
Mrs. Stevens was honored to have been chosen
“Thank you to my advisors and mentor for nominating me for the KDP Intern of the Semester award,” she said. “I am excited to start my new career at West Side, my alma mater. I hope I am able to fill the shoes that were left here before me. I can’t wait to see what the future holds and to see what I can bring to the table.”
Mrs. Roseberry continued “First and foremost, she has achieved her dream. She has worked her way through college the last two years. She has a family consisting of two children and her husband. The oldest child is 10 and the youngest is 3 years old. Yes, she worked, went to college, studied, and took care of her family. She drove from Greers Ferry to attend the University of Central Arkansas in Conway for her classes in between working hours. She had to juggle her schedules to ‘make this happen.’ She never gave up her dream.
“Now, she faces the light at the end of the tunnel. She is very deserving to achieve this honor. Throughout her life, she has demonstrated strong will, perseverance, and positive outcomes. I have watched her blossom as a teacher this semester. Our staff love her, they are proud she will be a member of the faculty next semester. I want to describe her in one word. Ricki’s light ‘glows.’ ”
Stevens received a plaque and a gift card at the end of the year Internship II meeting. Likewise, she will be recognized at the College of Education’s pinning ceremony at UCA on April 26.