“She is a phenomenal teacher/scholar,” says Grenot-Scheyer. “She very much inspired me.”
Grenot-Scheyer and her husband created the Dr. Mary A. Falvey Leadership Development Fund through a bequest to Cal State LA. The new fund will support student projects, programs, supplies, and eventually scholarships.
“I was overwhelmed and tremendously honored and thrilled for the Charter College of Education,” Falvey says.
The gift will help the college offer other students the same opportunities Grenot-Scheyer received, says Cheryl Ney, dean of the Charter College of Education.
“Since many of the students in the Charter College of Education are working adults with families, additional support for their education allows them to ‘aim high’ and achieve their leadership potential in their chosen profession within education,” Ney says.
The Charter College of Education has prepared generations of education professionals since the early years of L.A. State College, now Cal State LA, who have returned to their local communities. Cal State LA alumni are making an impact on the lives of children and youth and contributing to the development of their communities, says Ney.
“Alumni, exemplified by Dr. Grenot-Scheyer, ensure that this proud and important tradition will continue long into the future,” she says. “We in the college are grateful for the lasting impact of our alumni.”
Grenot-Scheyer received her B.A., M.A., teaching and administrative credentials and a Ph.D. (in a joint doctoral program with UCLA) at Cal State LA. For many years, she served as dean of the College of Education at Cal State Long Beach. Her husband is a graduate of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
With this gift Grenot-Scheyer pays forward the support she received from Falvey and others. Grenot-Scheyer is still grateful to her first students for the lesson they taught her and to Cal State LA’s Charter College of Education, where she learned how to reach them.
She and her husband are strong supporters of the CSU because they’ve witnessed and experienced its impact.
“We received a great education from this system,” Grenot-Scheyer says. “The CSU really does change lives.”