October 5, 2018 – Bryan College student Katelyn Novak was recently selected as a finalists for the Teachers Test Prep “Pass the Torch” Teacher Scholarships. Over 660 students entered the competition this year. Only eight students were selected as finalists; Novak holding one of the four spots for elementary education.
“This is an amazing achievement,” said Dr. Olivia Ellis, assistant professor of music at Bryan College. “Katelyn is a passionate and talented student. She is already making an impact on students through her teaching. We are incredibly proud of her accomplishments.”
For the scholarship, students were asked to reflect on a teacher who had been influential in their life. Novak’s submission is about her music teacher, Ms. Tedder. The Teachers Test Prep website describes Novak’s submission as an “evocative homage to her music teacher [in which she] explores how the passion of one extraordinary woman ignited her love of music – a passion she inevitably transfers to her own students.”
When reflecting on Ms. Tedder, Novak explained in her scholarship submission that ‘…her zest for bringing music to life has been planted deep within me. I cannot help but pass it on.’”
Novak is a sophomore double majoring in piano pedagogy and music education with a focus in voice. Novak regularly teaches as part of the Bryan College Community Music School, providing piano lessons to students in Rhea County. Novak is also involved in various campus outreach ministries including Practical Christian Involvement; PALS, a weekly child and teen mentoring ministry; Senior Adult Ministry; the discipleship program; chorale; and opera.