Stoughton’s Marks wins national dental assisting scholarship | Community

Stoughton resident Kayla Marks was one of five recipients in the country named to receive the 2022 Liz Koch Memorial Scholarship by the DALE Foundation, the official affiliate of the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB). According to an Aug. 18 DANB news release, the recipients were chosen from more than 90 applicants across the country.

Marks is a dental assistant instructor at Blackhawk Technical College in Janesville and serves on the Blackhawk Technical College Dental Advisory Board. She has spent more than 20 years in the dental field, as both a dental assistant and dental hygienist, and holds an associate degree in dental hygiene from Madison Area Technical College and a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and sociology from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

Marks plans to use her scholarship award for a certificate in career and technical education leadership from the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

“Throughout my career, I have been especially drawn toward team leadership, coordinating continuing education experiences, and implementing new systems,” she said in the news release. Ultimately, I found the roles that provide me with the most fulfillment are teaching and leading. The Liz Koch Memorial Scholarship will help me immensely to complete my leadership certificate curriculum.

“I am a determined and focused person, and I will continue to bring experience, compassion, and empathy to the learning experience of my students.”

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