Bonnie Lyon is an aspiring art educator. She received the BHD Endowed Scholarship Program for Graduate Teacher Education at Central Scholarship.
As a product of the Harford County Public School System, Bonnie came to appreciate the diverse student body and the challenges students face. She writes, “I believe allowing students to channel their inner frustrations in a therapeutic non-threatening way is the most significant challenge in the school systems today. It is imperative for a child to be able to have a creative outlet and share their inner voice.”
Bonnie earned her undergraduate degree at Towson University. During her time at Towson, Bonnie was an assistant teacher, played the piano for a children’s choir, and conducted tours of the Baltimore Museum of Art. During the summer before her first year of graduate school, Bonnie incurred a terrible fall which resulted in significant injuries. “I was completely disarrayed as to why I would have sustained such significant injuries in my life at a time in which I was ready to start my life as a young, educated lady,” writes Bonnie. Medical bills from the accident placed a financial burden on Bonnie and her family. The BHD Scholarship helped Bonnie pay for school and graduate this year.
Central Scholarship has helped many students become teachers. At this year’s Student Awards Ceremony, Joshua Parker — Maryland State Teacher of the Year — will speak to our guests.