September 1, 2014

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Sandy Lemmink awarded $20,000 for her dedication to teaching

Sandy Lemmink, formerly of Falmouth, was named the 2013 recipient of the Pearl M. Wright Award. The $20,000 award recognizes an outstanding UC senior’s commitment to teaching young children. Photo by Dottie Stover.

UC senior has transformed her own life - from high school dropout to future teacher

By Dawn Fuller

“From an early age, I knew I always wanted to teach.” - Sandy Lemmink

After her school experience took its own twists and turns, 35-year-old Sandy Lemmink, a University of Cincinnati senior majoring in early childhood education, is finally achieving her dreams. She’s getting her teaching experience in the classroom this fall, as she looks ahead to graduating next spring. And because of her passion for teaching – as well as her academic excellence – an honor from the UC College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services (CECH) will ease the financial challenges this wife and mother of three has endured on this journey.

Lemmink is the 2013 recipient of the Pearl M. Wright Award, which recognizes an outstanding UC senior’s commitment to teaching young children. The $20,000 award can be applied toward tuition and other college expenses as well as housing and living costs.