Kane Scholarship Recipient Makes Her Dreams Reality
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Kane Scholarship Recipient Makes Her Dreams a Reality
CHICAGO — Liliana Perez, a May 2013 graduate from Northeastern Illinois University, said her summer job of teaching in a high school Spanish enrichment program in Cicero is right up her alley.
“I grew up in Cicero and think it will be a challenge and opportunity for growth to teach at the high school level,” said Perez.
Perez, who majored in early childhood education, found the summer position through Northeastern’s Chicago Teachers’ Center. While the job allows her to earn bilingual certification and gain experience teaching high school students, it is only a stepping-stone to achieving her long-term ambitions.
“Eventually I want teach at the kindergarten level in Humboldt Park and reach out to the community in order to help low-income students achieve their academic goals,” Perez explained.
There was a point when Perez thought her goals—graduate and teaching—were going to remain dreams. After completing her general education requirements at another school, she found herself struggling to afford college when she enrolled at Northeastern as a part-time student in 2008. She was a new mom and looking to finish her degree.
With little financial assistance and several classes left to take in her major, Perez needed to find a new route to afford college. It was then she spoke with her adviser about scholarship opportunities, specifically the Chuck Kane Memorial Scholarship.
“When I received the Kane scholarship, I knew I was going to be able keep my classes, pay for my books and have everything I would need to succeed in my classes,” Perez explained.
With the scholarship funds, Perez was able to continue her education and fulfill one of her main goals, graduating.
Perez resides in the Humboldt Park neighborhood and looks forward to one day teaching in one of the neighborhood’s elementary schools.
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