Longview ISD Foundation, Inc. Awards Its Annual Employee Scholarship Award for Continuing Education
For the seventh year, the Longview ISD Foundation, Inc. proudly awards its Employee Scholarship Award to assist district staff members who are pursuing classes and/or certifications related to classroom education in English, math, science, social studies, bilingual education, special education, STEAM, or counseling with the intent of improving classroom instruction and direct services to students in LISD. 
This year, the Longview ISD Foundation, Inc. awarded the $500 scholarship to Madison Copeland, early childhood special education teacher at Ned E. Williams STEAM Academy.  With this scholarship, in spring 2023 Madison will begin her master’s degree in early childhood special education at Stephen F. Austin State University.  She expects to complete her degree in May 2025.  Her ultimate goal is to become a diagnostician so she can help special education teachers and students and their families get the services that they qualify for and need.  She plans to remain in Longview ISD throughout her career. 
A Summa Cum Laude college graduate, Madison has taught in Longview ISD for two years.  She serves as the lead special education at the Ned Williams campus and has participated in active learning workshops that have taught her how to work with students with severe disabilities and multiple disabilities. 
As an educator, she is passionate about her career and helping her students.  She is organized and efficient, aiming for perfection every day.  Because she works with students who cannot communicate, she completes daily reports for parents so that they always know exactly how their students’ school days were.  Her goal is to make the parents of her students to feel connected to their children’s learning, making the students more successful and the parents much happier.
Dorcas Dunlap, principal of Ned E Williams STEAM Academy, recommended Madison for the scholarship, saying that Madison has a true vision of excellence for all students and works until her vision is fulfilled.  She stated too that Madison is a dedicated, hard worker who is an asset to the campus. 
 Helping students receive instruction from well-trained educators who want to remain in the classroom is exactly why the Longview ISD Foundation, Inc. offers the Employee Scholarship. 
This continuing education scholarship is just one of the programs the Foundation sponsors in support of Longview ISD educators and students.  Through the Foundation’s Great Rewards for Great Ideas, the Campus Initiative Grant, and the John W. Harrison, Jr. Academic Field Trip Grant, the Foundation has returned $1,000,145.69 to LISD classrooms and campuses.