|Susan Moore, left, and Katherine Yount|
The Wilmington resident will be presented with a $1,000 UC scholarship to be awarded to a high school senior of her choosing who plans to attend UC in the 2012-2013 academic year.
Her former student, 22-year-old Katherine Yount of Amelia, is earning her associate degree in multi-skilled health technology – as well as a certificate in medical assisting – from UC Clermont College.
Yount calls Moore a “mother, advisor and best friend, along with being an instructor and nurse.
“I was raised by my grandma and so my teacher took on the role as mother. We all used to call her ‘Momma Moore.’
“She not only shared her love of the medical field with me, but also a love of learning, and that being a lifelong learner is something that everyone should strive for.”
“I have fond memories of Katie as a unique, wonderfully curious and creative student,” Moore says. “In our health technology lab, she was a positive force with quiet leadership skills.”
Yount says that when she got “senioritis” in high school, it was Moore who kept pushing her to achieve. When Yount became a new mother after graduating from high school, she says she just “wanted to focus on her son (Koen) and make money. Within three weeks of seeing Ms. Moore, I was back in school.”
|Katherine Yount will complete her UC studies after winter quarter.|
Overwhelmed by the prospect of attending a large university, Yount credits Moore with recommending Clermont College. “She said, ‘UC is the best.’ She knows me so well, and she knew I hated big crowds. Clermont College was the right fit.”
“Clermont College offers such a great opportunity for our students,” says Moore. “It’s close to the rural area where they live and it’s a close community with a great support system for students.”
Yount will complete her degree during winter quarter. Her son, Koen, turned two on Thanksgiving.
“Upon graduation from UC, Katie will continue to be an exemplary representative in an industry in which those who are truly successful practice both the art and the science of the healthcare profession,” says Moore.
“This award is truly humbling,” says Moore. “It represents a validation for what educators are trying to achieve – setting students on a course to seek success. That a student such as Katie would take time to initiate this fills me with gratitude.”
This December marks the seventh year that UC has presented the Cincinnati USA Outstanding Educator Awards to recognize the lifelong inspiration of K-12 educators.