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LAKELAND, Fla. – Three Southeastern University (SEU) students were recently chosen as Fanchon F. Funk Scholars by the Florida Association of Teacher Educators (FATE) at the 2021 annual FATE conference in Tampa. Cassandra “Cassie” Cullen, John Pokhan and Daria Castor were three of the four recipients recognized as outstanding future educators. They will each receive a $500 scholarship award in addition to a one-year membership to FATE.  

The Fanchon Funk scholarship awards are named in tribute to Fanchon “Fancy” Funk, professor emerita at Florida State University (FSU). In addition to being honored at the conference, SEU student Daria Castor presented a research poster entitled “The Compelling Need for Trauma-Informed Training for Early Childhood Educators” under the advisement of assistant professor of education, Dr. Lisa Ciganek. 

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