The Teacher Education Program at UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School is proud to announce that four of its recent alumni – Michael Cromie, Cliff Dawson, J.J. Sclar, and Diane Siegel – have been named Teachers of the Year. Cromie, a 2006 graduate of the single subject credential program in history/social science, won the award at Buena High School in the Ventura Unified School District. Dawson, a 2008 graduate of the single subject credential program in science and therefore a first-year teacher, was honored at Pacifica High School in the Ventura Unified School District. Sclar, a 2004 graduate of the single subject credential program in history/social science, was honored at Olive Pierce Middle School in the Ramona Unified School District. Siegel, a 2001 graduate of the single subject credential program in English, was honored as Santa Barbara County Teacher of the Year.
“These four teachers distinguished themselves while they were in the Teacher Education Program, and are deserving of the accolades they have earned since graduating,” Ann Lippincott, the Associate Director of the Teacher Education Program, says. “They are inspired and inspiring professionals, sharing their gifts with the students, families and colleague with whom they work.”
UCSB’s Teacher Education Program offers the Multiple-Subject, the Single-Subject (in five content areas), the Level I & II Education Specialist Moderate/Severe Teaching Credentials, and an M.Ed. degree. The programs are run as a cohort, with the elementary and secondary cohorts no larger than 60 students each, and the special education cohort no larger than 15. Candidates are placed in partner K-12 schools throughout the 9-month academic year, student teaching in the morning and attending university classes in the afternoon/evening. The Teacher Education Program is unique in that many of its faculty both supervise candidates in the field and teach university courses. The result is a cohesive, well-articulated program of study that takes candidates through each developmental phase of learning to teach.
[Ann Lippincott is available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]
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