• Emma Dieterle

Announcing our 2021 Jane Austen Summer Program teacher scholars

The Jane Austen Summer Program is pleased to announce the four scholarship winners for our 2021 program, “Jane Austen’s World.” As rewarding as reading and teaching Jane Austen’s works can be, the process of doing so requires a lot of time and energy on the part of educators. Each year, JASP offers scholarships to middle and high school teachers who share a passion for Austen and a desire to bring her works into the classroom. Winners will receive full program tuition plus the Deluxe Regency Parcel, as well as participation in our JASP+ workshops.


Here’s a little bit about each of our teacher scholarship winners:

Karen Canady

Hometown: Fayetteville, N.C.


School: Cape Fear High School


What subject/grade do you teach? English 3 and 4, and French 1 and 2.


Who is your favorite Jane Austen character? My favorite character has always been Elizabeth Bennet. She is intelligent and witty, and not afraid to speak her mind (which is what I love the most about her)!


What are you looking forward to most at JASP? I am looking forward to hearing the speakers, my recent Jane Austen purchase was a collection of her letters, so to hear someone speak on them and give insight is exciting to me. I am also looking forward to "meeting" fellow Janeites.

Emily Phillips


Hometown: Harrisburg, N.C.


School: Mooresville High School

What subject/grade do you teach? 12th-grade English language arts, journalism, yearbook

Who is your favorite Jane Austen character? My favorite character to read is Lady Catherine de Bourgh. We should all be so confident in the probability of our successes had we dared to attempt something. The character I most admire is Elinor Dashwood.

What are you looking forward to most at JASP? Looking deeper into Jane Austen as a person, and examining her personal letters to gain better insight into the mind of the writer who gave us so many delicious stories, amazing characters, and universal wisdom.

Vickie Ruff

Hometown: Hickory, N.C.

School: Newton-Conover High School

What subject/grade do you teach? English language arts: Honors English III, English IV.

Who is your favorite Jane Austen character? My favorite Jane Austen character is Elizabeth Bennet.

What are you looking forward to most at JASP? I am looking forward to collaborating with other Jane Austen fans, and learning new and interesting strategies to help my students enjoy her works as much as I do.

Christiane Schau


Hometown: Henderson, Nevada

School: Robison Middle School

What subject/grade do you teach? I am a learning strategist for grades 6-8, English language arts.

Who is your favorite Jane Austen character? Elizabeth Bennet, because she tells it like it is, is quick on her feet, smart, and has a great sense of humor.

What are you looking forward to most at JASP? I have never attended a program with a variety of activities such as this one, and I am looking forward to meeting and learning from other Jane Austen fans!

Reminder for Teachers

If you're a teacher attending the Jane Austen Summer Program, you can now register for JASP+, a new initiative in partnership with the National Humanities Center. JASP+ will be held in several sessions during the Jane Austen Summer Program. During JASP+, educators will learn online tools to create a project to help students learn about Jane Austen. Space is limited. The cost is $25. You must already be registered for JASP to attend. Visit janeaustensummer.org/shop to register.