American College of Education Announces American Teacher Scholarship Winners

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Accredited online college awards four full-time scholarships toward Master of Education degree programs.

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These scholarships will help educators to further their careers at a time when rising tuition costs increasingly present barriers to educational advancement.

American College of Education, a high quality online college accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, has awarded its American Teacher Scholarship to four outstanding educators: Patricia Peral of Orlando, Florida; Carla Pesce of Windsor, North Carolina; Jessica Smith of Gretna, Louisiana; and Philip Church of Bartlett, Illinois.

The American Teacher Scholarship is a full tuition scholarship designed to help educators attain the specialized training they need to advance to leadership positions and make a difference in their school systems. The scholarships will help these educators to further their careers at a time where rising tuition costs increasingly present barriers to educational advancement. American College of Education programs are affordable for most educators at just $7,955 for full program tuition, a fraction of the cost of comparable accredited online degree programs.

Each scholarship recipient plans to make a unique contribution to the field of education—two of them in the area of digital technology. As an online institution, American College of Education is attracting a number of educators with virtual or online school backgrounds who are seeking innovative programs that emphasize digital learning and teaching.

Patricia Peral of Florida Virtual School in Orlando, Florida, teaches Spanish and plans to promote student-centered education. She works to “[encourage] whole-person growth by integrating technology and literacy into the curriculum and reaching students through the media that catch their attention.”

Carla Pesce of Windsor, North Carolina, works in a Title I school and encourages all of her students to maximize their learning potential based upon their academic level. “Earning this scholarship will be a huge stepping stone in [my] work with students and in helping them achieve greater things in their lives,” said Pesce.

Jessica Smith is an elementary educator from Gretna, Louisiana. She aims to engage her students with interactive and effective educational practices, while inspiring a love for learning. “I truly thank you for your support in helping me grow as an educator as I help my students grow as learners,” said Smith.

Philip Church is a veteran biology teacher from Barlett High School in Elgin, Illinois. He has transitioned to a virtually paper-free class as his students use digital cameras, flip cameras, iPads, and multiple internet resources as their tools of choice to complete class assignments. He is recognized as an educator who extends himself beyond the four walls of his classroom. Church believes that, “Inspiration and motivation build innovation.”

All four educators will begin online Master of Education degree programs at American College of Education in the fall.

Visit to learn more about affordable online master’s degree programs at American College of Education with tuition starting at just $7,955 and follow the scholarship recipients along their journey.

About American College of Education
The mission of American College of Education is to deliver affordable, online degree programs that provide evidence-based content and relevant experiences to improve educators' knowledge, skills and performance.

American College of Education is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC/NCA).

American College of Education’s Professional Education Programs (M.Ed. in Educational Leadership, M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with a Specialization in ESL/Bilingual, M.Ed. in Educational Technology), which are designed to provide graduate students with the essential knowledge, skills, and abilities to enhance their teaching and further their careers, are granted Accreditation by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) for a period of seven years, from May 3, 2013 to May 3, 2020. This accreditation certifies that the forenamed professional education programs have provided evidence that they adhere to TEAC’s quality principles.

Due to specific state regulations, these programs are not available to residents of all states. Please visit for the most current information.

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