TOT Scholarship winners announced for Spring 2016 at LSC-O

Published 11:12 am Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Special to The Leader

The Teachers of Tomorrow (TOT) organization at Lamar State College – Orange have selected two scholarship winners with presentations made at their annual spring banquet on April 14. The group includes Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT) education majors. The sponsor of the group is long time educator Dorraine Babcock. Melanie Lee and Johnie Hinson, education majors, both received scholarships.

The TOT organization scholarship co-winner, Melanie Lee, is past vice president and current president. She is a 1993 graduate of Redbank Valley Jr./Sr. High School in New Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.   While in high school Melanie served as vice president of the Library Media Club. She plans on getting her bachelor’s degree in elementary education at Lamar University. Melanie and her husband, Justin Lee have four children, Louis Bazan, Jr., Izabella Lee, Alexander Lee and Elizabeth Lee. Melanie is the daughter of Ruth Marie Spencer and James Kovach.

The co-winner of the scholarship, Johnie Hinson, is a past historian for the TOT organization. She graduated from Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School in 2007 where she was active in the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) organization.   Hinson plans on obtaining her bachelor’s degree at Lamar University and eventually teach kindergarten. She is the daughter of John Hinson and Susanna White. Johnie and her finance, Jamie Nevill, have four children. They are Aden Mitchell, Caleb Mitchell, Jacob Mitchell and Easton Nevill.

If anyone would like information about the TOT organization or the associate of arts in teaching degree plan, they can contact Suzonne Crockett, Education and Mathematics Division Director at Lamar State College – Orange at 882-3053.