Katie Schwizer, Pruden Scholar

We’ve added a new face to our Be the Change wall — a young woman whose chosen profession will change lives.  Katie Schwizer (’09, ’10M), new JMU grad and recipient of JMU’s Pruden Scholarship, is representative of the thousands of teachers JMU has sent out into the world. This fall Katie will begin teaching fourth grade at Waynesboro, Va.’s, Berkeley Glenn Elementary School.  As a teacher, she will inspire young lives, a assessment that Peggy Shaeffer, an associate dean in JMU’s college of education, affirms. “Katie is a gem and a real role model for present and future JMU students,” Shaeffer says.

Almost everyone has a story about an influential teacher — one who changed their life.  In fact, if there is one common factor of change in most of our lives, teachers probably hold the third spot after moms and dads.  This is the same kind of mentoring and support that Katie will offer to her students. “Nelson Mandela once said, ‘Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.’ As a teacher, I use this quote as a daily reminder as to just why it is that I do what I do,” Katie says.

Katie Schwizer also has a strong JMU connection. Her three brothers are all Dukes: Chris (’05) and Chris’ wife Mary (’05); Keith (’07) and current student Kyle (’13).

To learn more about Katie, the Pruden Scholarship, and Katie’s experience as a teacher during a Study Abroad in Africa, check out these links:




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This blog is about the people of James Madison University — a caring, committed and engaged community spread all over the world, making lives better and brighter, healthier and safer, kinder and bolder. As Gandhi suggested, we are taking steps to BE the CHANGE we wish to see in the world. And these are our stories....

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