GENERAL SESSION I
Sunday, October 8, 5:30-7:00 pm
Veramendi Salons E & F
Texas Association of Certification Officers (TACO)
Classroom Setup Grants
The Texas Association of Certification Officers awarded classroom setup grants of $250 to twelve first-year teachers certified through Texas EPPs.
Jessica Green, Baylor University
Batsua Morales, Baylor University
Victoria Patterson, Dallas Baptist University
Mills Wood, Howard Payne University
Mikaela Rodriguez, Schreiner University
Sarah Beavers, Stephen F. Austin State University
Vanessa Geurin, Tarleton University
Olivia Baldauf, Texas A&M University
Aspin Tedder, Texas A&M University-San Antonio
Khalil Rasul, Texas A&M University-San Antonio
Abraham Segundo, Texas A&M University-San Antonio
Paige Armstrong, University of Texas at Dallas
Texas Directors of Field Experience (TDFE)
Clinical Teacher of the Year Awards
These awards recognize clinical teachers who have demonstrated, during their clinical teaching experience, an outstanding ability to plan and develop a repertoire of classroom management skills and instructional strategies that support the needs and curriculum of all students; establish effective interpersonal relationships with students, parents, faculty, and staff; and reflect upon the teaching and learning process.
Deborah Chou, Elementary, Baylor University
Ellen Romious, Secondary, University of the Incarnate Word
Texas Alternative Certification Association (TACA)
Shining Star Interns
In an effort to recognize the hard work of ACP interns who joined the teacher workforce during 2020-2021, the Texas Alternative Certification Association (TACA) asked Alternative Certification Programs to nominate Shining Star interns. Eighteen interns were selected from across the state. Read their stories online: TACA Website
Scott Smith, Go Teach 11
Robin Parker, Inspire TX, Region 4
Antoinette Campbell, Inspire TX, Region 4
Kristin Clark, Inspire TX, Region 4
Cody Sabol, Inspire TX, Region 4
Sarah Pollock, TOPP, ESC 20
Hannah Johnson, Go Teach 11
Michael Mae Bergman, Go Teach 11
Kara Gafford, Go Teach 11
Robert Hendricks, Austin Community College
Simbry Wedemeyer, Teachworthy
Jessica Lines, Teachworthy
Robert Jolly, Teachworthy
Selena Cole, ACT Dallas
Douglas Simpson, ACT Dallas
Matthew Forrest Parker, ACT Dallas
Hayden Cepak, ACT Dallas
Mona Thomas, ACT Dallas
Desirae Ortiz, TOPP ESC 20
Alyssa Martens, TOPP ESC 20
Kendra Hendon, Inspire TX Region 4
Texas Association of Community College Teacher Education Programs (TACCTEP)
Doug Hamman Excellence in Practice Award
The Texas Association of Community College Teacher Education Programs (TACCTEP) Excellence in Practice Award recognizes an individual(s) that; provides leadership for sound policy for educator preparation in Texas by forging strong relationships with Texas Educator Preparation Programs and develops seamless pathways from community college programs to Texas Educator Preparation Programs at Institutions of Higher Education.
The 2023 recipient will be announced at the awards dinner.
Associate and Assistant Deans and Directors of Texas (ADoT)
Excellence in Action Award: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
The Excellence in Action: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Social Justice award was established to recognize programs or leaders who have impacted policy and/or practice in this area. Nominees are evaluated on evidence of their ability to: demonstrate a commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion through direct action; challenge others to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion and provide guidance, feedback, and support growth; promote a positive culture for ALL learners; and demonstrate a willingness to share expertise, knowledge, and commitment with others.
Excellence in Mentoring Award
The Excellence in Mentoring award has been established to recognize university faculty and/or staff, Texas P-12 classroom teachers, or school leaders who have demonstrated commitment to the development and advancement of others. The critical role of mentoring could be through either direct, supervisory, or peer-based roles. Nominees are evaluated on evidence about their ability to: demonstrate a holistic view of mentees through leadership that encourages and promotes excellence; challenge mentee(s) to take on difficult assignments while providing guidance, feedback, and support in all aspects of growth; promote a positive culture for learning, and demonstrate a willingness to share expertise, knowledge, and commitment with others.
Distinguished Service Award
The Distinguished Service Award has been established to recognize and further encourage the achievements and contributions of current or former Associate & Assistant Deans and Directors of Texas in the field of teacher preparation. Nominees must currently or formerly hold a position of Associate Dean, Assistant Dean, or Director within a Texas university-based educator preparation program and must have held one of these positions or a combination of these positions for at least three years.
The 2023 ADoT award recipients will be announced at the awards dinner.
Texas Association of Teacher Educators (TxATE)
Ted Booker Memorial Award
In 1971, Ted Booker, TSCTE President in 1969-1970 and Dean of the College of Education at Texas Woman’s University, suggested that TSCTE (predecessor of TxATE) use surplus funds to establish an award for an outstanding contribution in the field of teacher education. Because of his leadership in this area, and his untimely death in 1971, the Ted Booker Memorial Award was established in April 1972 at the TSCTE Spring Conference.
Ben E. Coody Distinguished Service Award
Dr. Coody served as the last President of the Texas Association for Student Teaching before the association became the Texas Association of Teacher Educators in 1971. Shortly after completing his term as president, Dr. Coody met an untimely death in an automobile accident. He was respected for his high code of ethics, his professional zeal, and his sincerity of purpose.
TxATE Exemplary School Partnerships Award
The exemplary K-12 partnerships award highlights what is done well at Texas universities, such as induction programs, or continuing professional development practices. Universities are invited to nominate K-12 Partnership initiatives designed both to prepare teacher candidates to excel and to improve K-12 Schools.
The 2023 TxATE award recipients will be announced at the awards dinner.
The Texas Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (TACTE)
TACTE Annual Leadership Award
The TACTE Leadership Award is presented annually to someone who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in the organization and who is deserving of TACTE recognition for significant contributions to the educator preparation process in Texas.
Joyce F. Hardin Service Award
This award is presented for outstanding service to TACTE and the education profession.
Robert B. Howsam Award
Robert B. Howsam, who was a former Dean of the College of Education at the University of Houston, was an acknowledged leader in education for many years and enjoyed a national and international reputation. He was best known for his advocacy of competency-based teacher education, his dynamic leadership as a dean, and for his commitment to excellence in the preparation of educational professionals in Texas and the nation.
The 2023 TACTE award recipients will be announced at the awards dinner.
Education Deans of Independent Colleges and Universities (EDICUT)
Innovation in Teaching and Learning Award
Education Deans of Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas seeks to reinforce innovative practice in the teaching and learning process. Through the support of leadership for the delivery of teacher education, mutual collaboration in efforts to address pertinent issues, and increased public awareness of the important work we do, EDICUT is committed to promoting and supporting innovative endeavors among its members. EDICUT’s Innovation in Teaching and Learning Award provides a platform for teacher educators to develop innovative teaching and learning research, resources, and activities in the field of education.
The 2023 TACTE award recipient will be announced at the awards dinner.
Consortium of State Organizations for Texas Teacher Education (CSOTTE)
Friend of Teacher Education Award
CSOTTE presents the Friend of Teacher Education Award to recognize and reward individuals not officially connected with teacher preparation organizations and institutions but who have made significant contributions toward improving the preparation of teachers in Texas. The recipient will be an individual who has been supportive and positive toward the mission of the organizations of CSOTTE. The first Friend of Teacher Education award was presented at the 2006 Fall CSOTTE Conference on Teacher Education.
Dr. Michael McFarland
Superintendent of Schools, Crowley ISD