Pictured above with Jeanne Savage '88 (left) and Peggy Steininger (right), Alvernia junior Taylor L. Flemming (center) was awarded the first “Emma Yoh Memorial Scholarship” during a ceremony on main campus this week.
Ellen Engler, associate professor of education and Peggy Steininger, sister of the late Emma Yoh, presented the $1,500 award in recognition of an outstanding student majoring in education who demonstrates on a consistent basis, the qualities that demonstrate professionalism in teaching.
An Early Childhood Education major, Flemming is a 2011 graduate of St. Hubert Catholic High School for Girls and the daughter of Genelle Flemming-Rodriguez, of Philadelphia. She was recommended by education department faculty members based on the demonstration of the five core Franciscan values of humility, collegiality, peacemaking, service, and contemplation, as they are exhibited within the dispositions necessary for the teaching profession.
Emma Yoh was a long-time faculty member in the education department at Alvernia. She began her work as a teacher educator at the university in January 1979, and continued working for Alvernia until her retirement in 2006. “Yoh made it a point to support all students, with her personal caring approach,” said Department Chair Mary Schreiner. “Her philosophy was ‘each one, reach one, teach one’ and that is what she offered our education students, to help them become successful teachers.”
After her death in July 2013, Yoh’s family chose to honor her memory by giving a donation to the education department. And in order to extend Yoh’s legacy further, an active Alvernia alumna, Jeanne Savage ’88, along with others who knew the professor, have made this scholarship a means by which tuition costs can be supported during the important student teaching semester.
“Taylor has always wanted to be a teacher,” said Kathy McCord, Flemming’s faculty advisor and assistant professor of education at Alvernia. “Her confidence to do or say what she feels is right even when other people disagree is only one of the traits Emma would admire about Taylor.”