"Next" Magazine Vol. 3 Fall 2016 - Page 36

CONTINUED FROM p. 11 » Gipe maintained an interest in her alma mater, particularly the literacy program. After her husband, Dr. Charles Duffy, became assistant dean of the Graduate Division at the University of California at Davis, Gipe was drawn out of retirement and back into the realm of literacy education and field supervision for student teachers as a lecturer at California State University at Sacramento, working closely with elementary teachers and school leaders. After five years, Gipe retired again, she said with a laugh. “I still have a little hand in literacy education,” she said. She works with doctoral students enrolled at Walden University, an online program. She also tutors fifth- through seventhgraders in California. of tuition, but it is also an honor in its own right, “because of who and what it represents,” Patrick said. Patrick and Gipe met for the first time during Gipe’s visit to the college in the winter of 2016. Patrick says she hopes to “pay it forward,” making a difference for the better in the lives of people who need to be empowered through literacy. “Joan Gipe is such a phenomenal person and has done amazing things in the world of education,” Patrick said. “To be chosen for a scholarship that Not long into her latest retirement, Gipe began to think about her legacy as an educator and decided to set up a fellowship at the UK College of Education. That’s about the time that Patrick had her “eye on the prize of becoming a certified elementary teacher,” as she put it. In her undergraduate field experiences, Patrick spent some time with special education students as well as regular elementary classes. “I often saw students who were underpre pared in reading and writing, and not getting the support he or she needed in these areas,” Patrick said. “I wanted to pursue literacy in order to be that support system for all students. I believe that, no matter what the circumstance, all students can be literate and can have that foundational knowledge and power.” Soon after graduation, she entered the Curriculum and Instruction Department’s master’s degree in literacy program and in 2015-16 received the Joan Gipe Fellowship. Patrick was ecstatic to be selected. “When I first found out, I was so extremely excited that I could barely function or speak for the first few minutes as I absorbed the news,” Patrick said. The scholarship not only helps offset the cost 36 | represents Joan and meets her criteria is such an incredible honor, and I hope that I can follow in her footsteps and make just an ounce of the difference that she has made so far in her lifetime.” Patrick hopes to get a Ph.D. and teach undergraduates while continuing to work with elementary students, just as Gipe has done. “I don’t think I’ll ever be truly finished with teaching,” Gipe said. Through the legacy of her fellowship, that could very well be true.