Scholarship: Penny and Terry Kastanis Teacher Education Scholarship
About the Sponsor
Penny and Terry Kastanis are a married couple that together represent over 100 years of teaching experience at all levels of education in California’s public school system. They can be at a grocery store during the day or at the theater or a concert in the evening and they will inevitably be greeted by a former student. As one of Professor Terry’s students in the early 1970’s, Penny, a husband and wife team for some 50 years, showed great promise as a school librarian,so she earned A’s in all her courses. Penny had earned her MA in education previously at Sacramento State and was teaching at Sutter Junior High School. With many years of experience at local schools and the Sacramento County Office of Education, Penny and Terry (later as Dean of Learning Resources for Consumnes River College and Professor at Sacramento City College) continued to influence their students and impress upon them the value of an education and the need for the public to continue to support the “Master Plan for Education for the State of California” authored by then Governor Edmund G. “Pat” Brown.
Penny and Terry were also public servants, both being elected officials of the Sacramento community: Penny as a Trustee of the Los Rios Community College District for nine years and Terry as a Sacramento City Councilman for thirteen years. Ironically, both were instrumental in the construction of new libraries: Penny at Sacramento City College’s new Learning Resource Center and Terry with Sacramento Public Library Foundation in the construction of the library at 9th and I streets. These two important public library facilities today serve a need for learning and information resources in a technologically ever-changing future.
As a team, they taught for an additional ten years after their respective retirements in Continuing Education, preparing teachers to become effective school librarians. It’s their hope that this scholarship will have a ripple effect and influence teachers to spread literacy to their students and beyond.