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Brookhaven College employee newsletter: Feb. 16, 2011

Employee Turns No into Yes

Christy Whetstone

Christy Whetstone was recently awarded a grant to attend
the TESOL Convention.

Christy Whetstone didn’t take no for an answer.

When she was told that no travel money was available for her to attend the national TESOL Convention in New Orleans this year, she found another way.

"Like many people right now, my financial resources are limited, but I'm stubborn about wanting to be better, personally and professionally," said Christy, continuing education team leader.

Christy applied for a Professional Development Travel Grant from TESOL, Teachers of English to Students of Other Languages.

Now, thanks to glowing recommendation letters from Vernon Hawkins, associate vice president for workforce training and continuing education, and Leroy Butler, continuing education and workforce specialist, along with her own determination, Christy was awarded a $1,500 travel grant. She will be attending the TESOL Convention March 17-19 in New Orleans.

"I'm looking forward to networking with individuals from around the U.S. and the world," Christy said, “and getting to purloin ideas from other instructors and program directors, so I can improve my instructional skills, and we can continue to improve our program."

Leroy thought Christy’s accomplishments made an important statement for other employees.

"In my opinion this is a great example for us all in this uncertain time," he said. "We do not need to assume that reduced budgets will impact our professional growth or our service to the students."

Another of the ESOL instructors in continuing education will also be attending the convention. Sara Ray serves on the board of Teachers Against Prejudice, and the organization will be paying for her to attend.