Exceptional Teacher Candidates recognizedPosted February 07, 2013
Three ACU students have been recognized for their exemplary teaching efforts by The Quest for Quality Teacher Preparation in Texas.
Among the Exceptional Teacher Candidates: junior Whitney White from Trophy Club, Texas; senior Ellen Smith from College Station, Texas; and Jennalee Sharp from McKinney, Texas. Sharp graduated this past December and is currently a 5th grade science and social studies teacher at Bassetti Elementary in Abilene.
“I am thankful to have gone through a program that prepared me so well," says Sharp. "Being nominated as an Exceptional Teacher Candidate helped me find a job in the middle of the school year by setting me apart from other student teachers and job candidates.”
Dr. Sam Stewart, associate chair and professor of teacher education says, “Whitney, Ellen and Jennalee personify the love of learning and of students that the teacher education department strives to develop in all of its teacher candidates. All three demonstrate the ability to engage and inspire students in a way that will help their students learn.”
In addition to the recognized students, ACU's Teacher Education Program has been recognized for its Exemplary Field-Based Instructional Practices in the early childhood through elementary program.
Quest for Quality promotes improvement in university-based teacher preparation programs by identifying exemplary teacher candidates and practices, according to the organization's website.
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