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WGU Texas Assists Veteran to Become a Teacher

May 4, 2023

WGU Texas Assists Veteran’s Journey to Become a Stem Teacher

From U.S. Navy aviation electrician to educational associate at Weiss High School, Crystal Gelber’s skills and experience informed her career choices. Gelber is currently enrolled in WGU’s B.S. Science Education, Secondary Biological Science, Secondary Education and Teaching and is on her way to building her career as a STEM teacher.

Crystal Gelber, a veteran and educational associate at Weiss High School in Pflugerville, has less than a year left before she earns her degree from WGU Texas. Upon learning that Gelber received a $600 scholarship presented by the American Legion #154 at a football game in November, Linda Medina-Lopez, the Pflugerville Education Foundation Executive Director, shared this news with WGU Texas. It was no debate – we knew we had to match that.

A surprise scholarship event was quickly organized and held at the high school, which brought Gelber to tears of joy. This heartwarming event aided a deserving veteran in becoming a science teacher and solidified the partnership with Pflugerville ISD and Weiss High School. Through this invaluable connection, WGU Texas can provide further opportunities to inspire and empower the next generation of STEM teachers.

Gelber expressed gratitude to the Weiss High School staff members, WGU Texas Chancellor Linda Battles, Linda Medina-Lopez, Jennifer Fry, and the Pflugerville Education Foundation for their unwavering support and encouragement throughout her educational journey. She plans to use the funds to pay for the Praxis exams to become certified as a STEM teacher.

While working as an aviation electrician in the U.S. Navy, Gelber developed strong leadership skills, precise attention to detail, and extensive experience with complex electrical systems, all of which will contribute to her success as a STEM teacher. Recognizing her exceptional abilities, she was awarded the Sea Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, and a Letter of Appreciation for 100 Ready for Issue batteries without errors. Additionally, she was promoted to Petty Officer 3.

With hard-earned support from WGU Texas, the American Legion #154, and Pflugerville ISD, Crystal Gelber is one step closer to realizing her dream of becoming a STEM teacher. As we continue to watch her career grow, we are proud to be part of her inspiring journey.

WGU provides dedicated support to active-duty military and veterans, transitioning service members, and their spouses to build a community of support and real-world advice. WGU Texas has 2,507 current military students, and nearly 51% are veterans. Of the more than 27,000 graduates of WGU Texas, 22% are active duty, military spouses or dependents, and veterans. If you want to achieve your goal of higher education or learn about WGU Texas and how you can become part of a military-friendly university, visit wgu.edu.military.

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