Dance Ed Student Christina Zabas '12 Receives Aspiring Teacher Scholarship

$1,000 award given by the Delaware Valley Education Consortium

June 14, 2011

Dance Education student Christina Zabas '12 (right) has been selected as one of five recipients of the Delaware Valley Education Consortium's (DVEC) $1,000 Hannah Amgott Memorial Scholarship for aspiring teachers.

Created to reward students exhibiting excellence in the pursuit of education and named in honor of late scholarship committee chair Hannah Amgott, this is the ninth year that the DVEC is awarding scholarships to candidates from its member institutions, which includes the University of the Arts. Applications were judged on merit, defined as strong academic record, excellent written communication skills, and genuine interest in and commitment to the field of teaching.

Zabas is an active member of the UArts community, having served as an orientation leader and mentor to new students, as well as a community advisor in the summer Pre-College program for teens. She has taught ballet to children on a regular basis and has also choreographed numerous pieces, most recently a talent show for a Girl Scout troop and three pieces for a special event in NYC hosted by Grammy award-winning R&B/soul singer Chrisette Michele.

In her scholarship-winning essay, Zabas refers to the quote by Mark van Doren, "The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery," and states that she plans as an educator to master the ability to teach a specific subject while enabling the student "to discover the significance behind the material learned." Her goal is for her students to "not only learn how to dance, but also to know how great it feels to express themselves through movement."

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