First-Ever Amanda Jean Malloy Memorial Educational Award Presented to Education Major
Today, Megan Lowder ‘14, became the first recipient of the Amanda Jean Malloy Memorial Educational Award at Pfeiffer University. Meghan, an elementary education major, was presented the award by Dr. Patrick Malloy, associate professor of Accounting. Dr. Malloy is father of the award’s namesake, Amanda Jean Malloy, an elementary school teacher and karate black belt who was hit and killed by a narcotics-impaired driver while jogging in November 2008 near her home on Long Island, N.Y.
“I cannot think of anyone who deserves this award more than Meghan,” said Dr. Malloy. “She exemplifies commitment to leadership, her community, and living life to its fullest; she will be a very effective teacher who will go above and beyond for each and every child in her class as well as others who come into contact with her in her school. She is just that kind of special person.”
Meghan, mother of two, enrolled at Pfeiffer in 2009 to pursue a teaching career. She holds a grade point average of 3.7 and membership in education honor society Kappa Delta Pi and the National Society of Leadership and Success. Over the past two years, she has presented at four national conferences, representing Pfeiffer’s division of education.
“The journey hasn’t been easy but through it all I have only become more certain of my calling to be a teacher,” said Meghan, who is a candidate for several teaching positions in Cabarrus County for fall 2014. “I believe I can make an impact even if I touch only one student and show them that they are loved and valued because you never know what or who that student will become.”
According to Dr. Malloy, the purpose of the Amanda Jean Malloy Memorial Educational Award, which comes with a monetary award of $1,000 for an education major with an additional $500 that allows the division of education to provide support to individual students as needed, is to honor his daughter’s “Renaissance woman” legacy and pursuit of excellent teaching. It fulfills a challenge stated during her eulogy to “discover Amanda’s unfinished business, an agenda to be completed.”
“The division of education faculty are very proud of Meghan and her accomplishments,” said Dr. Dawn Lucas, dean, division of education. “We look forward to watching her grow as a teacher for years to come.”
Photo: Meghan Lowder and Dr. Patrick Malloy with Meghan’s family: Cindy Wells (mother), Kelly (husband) and Zailey and Ireland (daughters).