Originally Published: December 23, 2012 7:44 p.m.
Tara O'Neill, a seven-year Education Department faculty member at Yavapai College, was elected to the board of directors for the Education Scholarship Endowment of Yavapai County during its October meeting.
O'Neill, a second generation Prescottonian, earned bachelor's and master's degree in elementary and early childhood education from Northern Arizona University. Before teaching at Yavapai College, she taught elementary grades in Chino Valley, Prescott, Humboldt, Tempe, and with the Department of Defense in Korea.
The ESEYC is a non-profit philanthropic organization with the primary mission of providing scholarships to Yavapai County college or university students who aspire to teach. Since its founding 11 years ago, the ESEYC has given more than $164,000 to qualified teacher education students. The board of directors governs ESEYC activities, which culminate each spring with an awards luncheon to provide approximately 10 scholarships to successful applicants.
Board officers are Robert St. Clair, president; Cory Gardner, vice president; Tim Carter, secretary; and Ray Newton, treasurer. Other board members are Danny Brown, LeAnne Lawhead, Ron Minnich, and most recently, Tara O'Neill. ESEYC founder Gladys Gardner, a former legislator and Yavapai County supervisor, serves as an ex officio officer.