Toisnot's Malinda Pennington receives grad school scholarship

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A Toisnot Middle School exceptional children’s teacher has received a $10,000 scholarship to complete her graduate studies at N.C. State University.

Malinda Pennington of Wilson received the Delta Kappa Gamma Society’s Edna McGuire Boyd Scholarship. She is a member of DKG’s Mu chapter, the professional society for female educators noted in a news release.

Pennington holds a master’s degree in education and is pursuing a doctorate in curriculum and instruction at N.C. State. A national board-certified teacher, she was the north-central region finalist for North Carolina Teacher of the Year in 2012.

Her Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation grant proposal assisted Wilson County Schools in starting the Wilson Autism Spectrum Disorders Academy, a teacher training program that partners with Barton College and East Carolina University.

Delta Kappa Gamma awarded eight $10,000 scholarships for the 2018-19 academic year, the society said in a March 26 news release. Recipients must have earned a bachelor’s degree, be enrolled in a recognized graduate program and have been DKG members for at least three years to qualify for consideration.

DKG has more than 60,000 members in 17 countries and says it has awarded $5 million in scholarships to 1,121 women educators since 1940.