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July 6, 2012MARYVILLE, MO | By: Roach
Northwest Missouri State University will offer a new scholarship in 2013, in honor of a former Horace Mann Laboratory School teacher.
Esther Forbes Knittl taught at Horace Mann for nearly 40 years, as well as graduated from Northwest in 1938 with a degree in elementary education and a minor in English, social science and physical education. Knittl's children decided to create a scholarship for a student who shares their mother's love for teaching, after she passed away in June 2002. Suzette Davis, daughter of Knittl, described her as "...A passionate teacher and believer in education. Nothing made her happier than being in her 4th grade Horace Mann classroom with her students and her student teachers. She loved it all, and especially teaching teachers to teach." The $500 scholarship will be awarded annually to a Northwest junior or senior elementary education major who shares Knittl's passion for teaching. Academic achievement and financial need also will be considered. A committee of faculty member from the Department of Professional Education will choose the recipient.