Five candidates in the Teacher Education Program of UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School – Laurie McAlexander, Alice Rocca, Johaan Ryberg, Emily Stewart, and Jacqueline Williams – were presented with Promising Educator Awards from Pi Lambda Theta (PLT) on Saturday, March 7. The recipients will receive a $50 cash award plus a free membership to PLT for a year. Pi Lambda Theta is the most selective national and international honor society of educators and a contributing organization to quality assurance in education. PLT supports accomplished teaching, standards-based professional learning, and the recognition of educators for excellent performance.
In addition to the five award recipients, the Santa Barbara PLT chapter named 14 honorable mentions: Kelly Quistad, Alli Wilkins, Paola Beletti, Beatrice Claros-Trac, Philip Daniels-Hernandez, Margaux Granat, Jennifer Koepnick, Elizabeth Kowba, Vanessa Marquez, Amanda Michel, Linzey Motter, Francine Pelka, Daniel Spencer, Joanna Thomas, Lauren Tirador, and Ginna Willers. The honorable mentions will receive free membership to PLT for a year thanks to donor Anacade Publishing Company, L.L.C., a publisher of educational books and games.
UCSB’s Teacher Education Program offers the Multiple-Subject, the Single-Subject (in 6 content areas), the Level I & II Education Specialist Moderate/Severe Teaching Credentials, and an M.Ed. in Teaching. 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.
[Award recipients are available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]
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