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Doris Wright Carroll

K-State faculty creates technology gift for students

By Marisa Larson

We often think of technology as impersonal, but for one educator, helping students acquire technology is deeply personal.

Doris Wright Carroll, associate professor in special education, counseling and student affairs, is following in her father’s footsteps. Lawrence G. Wright was a human resources officer for the Santa Fe Railroad, and he instilled in his daughter the notion that each person has value.

The Wright family established the Lawrence G. Wright Scholarship in the College of Education to enhance opportunities for students with diverse backgrounds. But Carroll realized she could do more.

In 2011, she established the Doris Wright Carroll Multicultural Technology Award, which provides the Lawrence G. Wright scholar with a laptop to aid in their academic pursuits.

“The purpose of the technology award is to give a deserving student access to technology so they can realize their dream of being a teacher,” Carroll said. “Students in our college have access to an amazing amount of technology support and instruction, but they also need the tool itself.”

Johnathan Lynk, social studies ’13, was the first recipient of both scholarships.

“I received the award at the beginning of Block 1,” Lynk said. “Many of the assignments and projects assigned during Block 1 require constant collaboration with other members of the class. So, not only was I able to use the laptop in the classroom for notes and lectures, but the laptop allowed me to be much more mobile as a student.”

Having access to a high-powered, lightweight, state-of-the-art piece of equipment made Lynk more prepared for his courses, but was it beneficial to his clinical semester of student teaching?

“My laptop was at the center of all the planning and research I did for my clinical semester,” he said. “One of the classes I taught was a contemporary issues course, which focused on world, national and social issues over the past 30 years. The laptop I was awarded gave me access to a vast amount of resources and materials that allowed me to compile articles, websites, video and audio that I used on a daily basis with my students.”

That’s precisely why Carroll established her scholarship.

“I hope the model of awarding a tuition scholarship with support for technology becomes more commonplace,” Carroll said. “This not only helps preservice teachers get to and stay in school but gives them the tools to succeed.”

 

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