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Phyllis S. Pietka Endowed Scholarship in Special Education

Recipients shall be College of Education undergraduate or post-baccalaureate (internship year) students pursuing a career in Special Education.

About Phyllis S. Pietka

Phyllis Pietka spent her life teaching special needs students and, as a specialist in the College of Education, teaching teachers of special needs students.  In addition to sharing her keen knowledge, colleagues say she always taught what “the heart of teaching” meant to future teachers, modeling a positive, uplifting spirit that is especially powerful for working with students with learning disabilities.  Ms. Pietka, who received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from MSU, brought enormous enthusiasm to each of her roles in the college, including instructing special education courses, coordinating the master’s degree program and serving as a mentor and field liaison for teaching interns.  While Phyllis lost her battle to cancer on August 2, 2008, those of us who knew Phyllis as a friend and/or colleague will forever cherish her positive and optimistic spirit.