Teresa Ro from UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School is the recipient of the 2010 Lamb Family Fellowship. This fellowship, made possible by a generous endowment by Dick and Peggy Lamb, is intended to support beginning special education teachers who are dedicated to a long-term professional commitment of working directly with students and their families in school settings. Teresa Ro is in the Education Specialist Credential program at UC Santa Barbara and is also earning her M.Ed.
In her application letter for the fellowship Ro wrote: “Over the six years I spent in Japan as an English instructor, I learned that flexibility and commitment are valuable tools for an educator. I initially became interested in special education from having positive experiences in teaching English to students with disabilities. My work schedule entailed driving to thirteen different schools throughout the term to provide introductory English to students of grades first through sixth. As much as I enjoyed teaching students in the typical classrooms, the most memorable to me was working with the students in the special day class. With the support and cooperation of my co-teachers, I was able to get to know them as individuals. Despite the lack of resources and minimal training available to foreign teachers, I was committed to stay the full term of my visa so that I could gain the full experience of watching them grow.”
During her years as a student at UC Santa Barbara, Peggy Lamb worked as a recreation counselor and teacher at Devereaux Schools. She went on to teach in a Special Day class at Franklin Elementary School in the Santa Barbara School District. Most recently she worked as a Resource Specialist for the Hope School District. She is currently the chair of the Dean’s Council for the Gevirtz School. The Dean’s Council members serve as a resource of ideas and connections to potential partners who are vital to furthering the vision and the values of the Gevirtz School.
[Teresa Ro is available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]
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