"Thank you for your dedication in helping future critical need teachers as well as future teachers of color. Your interest in our success impacts not only our ability to become the incredible teachers that we dream of, but our ability to teach our students to the best of our capacity, uninhibited by the loom of financial constraint." - Amy T., AAEE scholarship applicant
Applications for the current scholarship are CLOSED. Congratulations to our awardees!
"...I have always valued my association with AAEE for information, professional contacts and personal contacts. You just can’t beat good relationships. As a retiree, I still enjoy my AAEE friends and the information received from the National Office..." - Ms. Janice S. Jones, 2007
The American Association for Employment in Education (AAEE), an organization which promotes professional standards and practices in teacher preparation and job recruitment, recognizes a national shortage of candidates preparing for careers in certain teaching fields as well as teachers of color. This scholarship program is designed to address these needs by providing two $1,000 awards annually.
The Janice S. Jones Scholarship Fund was established to honor the memory of Janice Jones, the 2002-2003 President of AAEE. In 2005, she received the Priscilla A. Scotlan Award for Distinguished Service; subsequently, she served as a consultant to the AAEE Board of Directors from 2005 until her death in 2007. Janice was a lifelong resident of Evanston, Illinois. Dedicated to the Evanston community, she began teaching Special Education. She taught for 14 years, with a two-year hiatus in Bermuda as an educator for the U.S. Department of Defense. Her final position, which she held for 18 years, was Director of Human Resources with Evanston Township High School District 202. She retired in 2004. An ardent proponent of quality education for all, she was well known for her lifelong advocacy of services for students with special needs. She was also recognized as an outstanding mentor for minority students studying to become teachers.
Janice was a consummate professional who exemplified the values of AAEE. The scholarship fund that bears her name exists to carry on her tradition of excellence in education and leadership. Its goal is to support emerging educators who have demonstrated promise and commitment.
Congratulations to Tony Nicolalde, recipient of the 2021 Janice S. Jones Critical Need Teacher Scholarship!
Tony Nicolalde is a first-generation Ecuadorian American Child of Deaf Adults (CODA) who comes from Aurora, Illinois, and is currently pursuing his bachelor's degree in Special Education with a focus on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing at Illinois State University. In addition to his degree, he is also pursuing minors in Spanish and Latin American Studies with bilingual approval to help Deaf/Hard of Hearing students whose families' native language is other than English. Tony also plans to create opportunities for more American Sign Language classes in high schools and the integration of STEAM in special education.
Congratulations to Nitsav Ben-Dan, recipient of the 2021 Janice S. Jones Teacher of Color Scholarship!
Nitsav Ben-Dan hails from New York; she is currently completing her BA in Adolescent Education and Social Studies at CUNY Hunter College. History is her first love, and working with students is a close second! She wholeheartedly believes that history is critical to understanding one’s place in the world and plans to provide her students with an engaging and lively social studies education.
Congratulations to Carlos Piedrasanta, recipient of the 2020 Janice S. Jones Critical Need Teacher Scholarship!
Carlos currently resides in Rockville, Maryland but lived in Guatemala, Ethiopia, and Mozambique before coming to the United States in 2007. He will graduate from Grinnell College in the Spring of 2020 with an Independent Major in Educational Studies and will receive his Iowa Teaching License in English Language Learning (ELL) and Social Studies in the Fall. Growing up, Carlos witnessed the importance of strong ELL programs and their significant role in supporting ELL students who often confront several challenges. For this reason, Carlos is determined to provide his future ELL students with a rigorous and supportive educational environment that encourages them to recognize, and ultimately grasp, their potential.
Congratulations to Cynthia Piepenbrink, recipient of the 2020 Janice S. Jones Teacher of Color Scholarship!
Cynthia Piepenbrink, originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, received her BA in Chemistry from Johns Hopkins University, and is currently completing her MA in Secondary Science Education, with an endorsement in Chemistry, at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. Prior to beginning her studies at UNL, Cyndy worked as a laboratory technician at the University of Notre Dame and taught middle school science at Roland Park Country School in Baltimore, Maryland. She hopes to use the platform of science education to connect her students to the broader scientific community.
Congratulations to Allison Moga, recipient of the 2019 Janice S. Jones Scholarship!
Allison Moga, originally from Royalton, Minnesota is currently pursuing a dual degree in Spanish Education and Teaching English as a Second Language with a double minor in Music and Bilingual/Bicultural Education from Winona State University. Currently, she is studying abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina in an effort to increase her knowledge about the Spanish language and culture. She intends to bring all the rich ideas, traditions, skills, and cherished experiences that she has acquired through volunteering, studying, and traveling to various countries to eventually inspire and connect with her future students.
UPDATE: "I will be graduating this May, and I am hoping to find a position for this upcoming school year of 2021-22. I have several interviews lined up, so I am excited for what the future holds!"
Congratulations to Haley MacInerney, recipient of the 2019 Janice S. Jones Scholarship!
Haley is from Peosta, Iowa. She is double majoring in Spanish and Foreign Language education at the University of Iowa with an aspiration of obtaining her ESL endorsement post-graduation. Previously, she has studied and interned in Santiago, Chile and fell in love with Latin America. She will graduate in Spring 2020 and hopes to teach English in Latin America for a few years and then return to the states to teach Spanish; bringing with her the rich cultural and language knowledge to share in her classroom. She hopes to bring the passion and excitement for languages and cultures into each of her students' lives by making the language classroom an immersive experience.
Congratulations to Cambria Jones, recipient of the 2018 Janice S. Jones Scholarship!
Cambria is from Fullerton, California. She is a Mathematics and Spanish double major and is completing the Secondary Education Certification Program at Hanover College in southern Indiana. As part of her continual efforts to increase her Spanish fluency she is excited to study abroad in Spain in May of 2018! After she graduates in May of 2020 she is eager to share her love for Math and Spanish with her future middle school students. Her goal is to make a positive impact on her students just like her many influential teachers made a positive impact on her throughout her education.
UPDATE: "Since receiving the award in 2018, I spent a summer abroad in Arequipa, Perú tutoring girls at a group home and practicing my Spanish through immersion. I graduated from Hanover College in southern Indiana (mid-pandemic) in 2020 and started teaching 7th grade math last Fall. I also received my license to teach Spanish! It's surreal that I've dreamed of teaching middle school for so long and now that dream is a reality. It's definitely been a challenging year to be a first-year teacher and although it's exhausting, I appreciate every ounce of support from the teachers at my school and the educator community as a whole. What we do is so important!"
Congratulations to our 2017 Janice Jones Scholarship Awardee, Bethany Schlipf!
Bethany is from Gridley, Illinois. She is completing her BA in Bilingual Elementary Education with a minor in Spanish and an ESL endorsement. She will graduate from Illinois State University in Spring 2019. Bethany has spent several weeks as a volunteer in Guatemala and Mexico. She hopes to use her love for Spanish and working with children by teaching students from low-income families in a rural or urban area. She also has a desire to teach abroad in a Spanish-speaking country.
Congratulations to Analesa Zimmerman, recipient of the 2016 Janice Jones Scholarship, an award of $800.
Analesa is a native of Portland, Oregon. She received her BA in Romance Languages from the University of Oregon, an MA in Spanish from Portland State University, and is currently completing her Master in Teaching from Lewis and Clark College. She will graduate in Spring 2016 with her MAT in Early Childhood and Elementary Education and ESOL and bilingual endorsements. Prior to beginning her studies at Lewis and Clark, Analesa received a Fulbright grant to Mexico as an English Teaching Assistant. She hopes to work in the Portland area as a dual immersion teacher in the 2016-2017 school year.
UPDATE: Analesa is a third grade teacher in a dual immersion classroom at a Title I school in Milwaukie, Oregon. She reports, “Things are going great so far! It is my ideal teaching job.”