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Meet the 2017 Jane Austen Summer Program scholars

We’re less than three months away from the Jane Austen Summer Program, and we’re thrilled to announce the eight winners of this year’s scholarships!

Middle School

Suzanne Bryant

Where/what she teaches: Uwharrie Charter Academy, Asheboro, N.C. Seventh grade.

Favorite book: Favorite Jane Austen book is “Pride and Prejudice.”  Favorite other book is “Redeeming Love” by Francine Rivers.

What are you looking forward to at JASP? I am looking forward to learning more about how to bring Austen’s classics to life for my middle-grade students.  Often, it is difficult for students to fully relate to her works because they can’t grasp concepts of that time period (naming of estates, calling cards, the formality of everyday events, etc.)  I look forward to understanding it even better so that I can share that knowledge with my students to further their appreciation of her writing.

Gloria Lynch

Where/what she teaches: Wake Forest Middle School, Wake Forest, N.C. Sixth-grade English.

Favorite book: “East of Eden” by John Steinbeck, “Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Bronte, Austen’s “Sense and Sensibility,” and “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak. What are you looking forward to at JASP? I’m most excited about meeting new people that share a love for Jane Austen. It’s going to be great discussing the texts and figuring out how to best incorporate them in my classroom.

Pamela Martin

Where/what she teaches: Fairview School, Sylva, N.C. Fourth through eighth grades in the gifted program.

Favorite book: “To Kill A Mockingbird” by Harper Lee, mostly due to the last few pages when Scout looks back over the neighborhood and recalls the events of the years. So beautiful!

What are you looking forward to at JASP? Meeting and interacting with like-minded individuals is high on my list, but I am also definitely interested in learning more about Jane Austen’s works and how I can engage my students with those captivating reads! I am so excited! 

Alicia Rogers

Where/what she teaches: Invest Collegiate: Imagine, Asheville, N.C. Sixth grade.

Favorite book: Austen: “Pride and Prejudice”; non-Austen: “Gone With the Wind,” “Lord of the Rings,” “Les Miserables”

What are you looking forward to at JASP? Bringing back some great ideas for my classroom and students; getting to meet, chat, and discuss with other Janeites!


High school

Kerri Chewning

Where/what she teaches: Forbush High School, East Bend, N.C. Teaches English.

Favorite book: My favorite Austen book is Pride and Prejudice, altho