The Jan and J.D. Beatty Education Administration Scholarship was created by Jan and J.D. Beatty to assist full-time educators seeking their leadership licensure. Both Beattys have long associations with Iowa State University, both as former students and as faculty. Jan is currently a clinical professor in educational administration; and J.D. currently serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, where he was assistant dean.
The Educational Administration faculty in the School of Education is pleased to announce this year’s recipientsof the Jan and J.D. Beatty Education Administration Scholarship: Riley Drake, Justin Michael Gross and Autumn Seiler. Drake and Gross both received a one-time award of $250 and Seiler received a one-time award of $500 towards their studies towards licensure as a school administrator.
Riley Drake will begin studying Educational Administration (M.S.) at Iowa State University in October of 2016. She received a B.S. in Psychology from Truman State University in 2008 and an M.S. Ed. in School Counseling from Drake University in 2011. As a school counselor for the Ames Community School District, Riley’s goal is to continue learning about how to be a leader engaged in transformational education for all students. She believes that it's essential that students link knowledge to action so that they can actively work to change societies at a local level and beyond. She is passionate about leading schools with a central focus on social justice. Using data, reflective discussions, and a decision making process focused on liberation, her leadership will work to ensure that traditionally marginalized populations are engaged in an equitable learning community and surrounded by teachers and staff with a collective consciousness of our responsibility to disrupt the persistence of institutional racism and discrimination. Riley lives in Ames with her family and enjoys reading, researching, and helping students get free. She is thankful for the generosity of Jan Westerman-Beatty, her scholarship donor.
Justin Michael Gross
Justin Gross is beginning his15th year in education. The first 5 years of his career, he served as a middle school high school science teacher and coach in Griswold, Iowa.. He also served as the MS/HS Co-principal in Missouri Valley, IA for three years, before serving as the Nevada High School principal for the past six years. Gross transitioned into the Director of School Improvement and Innovation role in the Nevada and Colo-NESCO districts this year. Gross' wife Melanie and his 3 children; twins Addison & Avery (7) and son Drew (4) live in Nevada. He is very excited about continuing his education and working towards his superintendent's license at Iowa State.
Autumn Seiler is a graduate student in Iowa State University’s Educational Administration graduate program (M.Ed.). She has completed coursework for year one and is excited about the coursework she is currently studying in year two. As an instructional coach in the Ames Community School District, Autumn’s goal is to transform education to ensure all students have access to authentic learning that empowers all students to affect and grow our society. She believes education can be a change agent for our society. She strives to be a transformational leader that will partner with educators to transform our educational system. She believes intentional learning, reflection, authentic dialogue will build capacity in our educators to be the change they want to see. Outside of school Autumn enjoys life with her husband and three kids in Huxley, Iowa. Autumn is grateful for the scholarship donated by Jan Westerman-Beatty.
2015 - Trevor Miller
2014 - Matt Robie, Trevor Miller
2013 - Matt Robie, Dania Schuler Wilson
2012 - Elise Brimeyer, Justin Stockdale
This award is available to students of graduate class standing. All awards are for one year and may be renewed at the discretion of the administering authority so long as recipients continue to meet the above stated criteria.
Deadline: Applications are due each fall.
More information: Dr. Joanne Marshall may be contacted for more information.