AAP staff report
FULLERTON, Calif. (April 16, 2013) — Dr. Ketmani Kouanchao, Ed.D, will be speaking at CSU Fullerton on Saturday, April 20th in support of the Honor an Educator Scholarship fund. It is a fundraising event to encourage donors to provide scholarships for students in the College of Education teacher preparation and graduate programs at California State University-Fullerton.
The scholarships are funded solely through donations by individuals who honor an educator who has made a difference in their lives or the lives of others.
In 2012, Kouanchao was a recipient of one of these scholarships that recognized her research on Lao American college students’ holistic identity development. She holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership with an emphasis on community colleges.
Born in Savannakhet, Laos, she and her family came to Minneapolis as refugees. She graduated from the University of Minnesota and presently works as the Director of Extended Opportunity Programs and Services, and the Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education programs at Mt. San Jacinto Community College in San Jacinto, California. Kouanchao recently gave a keynote speech for the Laotian American Community of Fresno Banquet in March.
“I’m honored to be invited to speak at this event,” Kouanchao said. “The scholarship made a difference in my work, and I encourage others to support this wonderful fund that recognizes the amazing journey teachers from all walks of life take.”
Honorees of faculty, staff, and friends of the college are invited to attend the annual Honor an Educator reception hosted by the College each spring. The vision of the California State University-Fullerton College of Education is to be transformational leaders who advance the readiness of all learners to actively participate in an ever-changing, diverse and digital world.