Starting a teaching career is tough—Bruce and Susan Anderson learned from experience. After graduating from Central College in 1970, they taught a combined 70 years in Des Moines Public Schools. Now the Bruce and Susan Berical Anderson Education Grant gives a head start to every graduate of Central Teacher Academy (CTA).
“My late wife Susan and I wanted to pay back—or forward—all the wonderful years of teaching and educational opportunities we both had from our years at Central and teaching in Des Moines,” Anderson says. “Before she passed away, we made the decision to support the future teachers in Central’s education program.”
Bruce and wife Bev Anderson have supported the CTA program for many years. The new grant provides $300 to each CTA graduate who completes the program in good standing—a gift to support their transitions into successful teaching careers.
“Susan and I talked about the toughest parts of becoming a teacher,” Anderson says. “One is when you secure a contract to teach in the fall but don’t start earning a paycheck until that time. It is our hope to give something to every graduate so you can look and feel good starting your career in education.”
This spring, the Andersons surprised 15 graduates of the program with the first awards of the annual grant.