Ten candidates in the Teacher Education Program of UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School were presented with Promising Educator Awards from Pi Lambda Theta (PLT) on Saturday, March 26. The ten recipients were: Single Subject Credential candidates Natalie Behr (science), Danny Diamond (science), and Rick La Torra (history/social science); Special Education Credential candidates Tamar Sahakian and Krista Knecht; and Multiple Subject Credential candidates Natalie Burrows, Laura Guild, Lara Jacobs, Michelle Phreaner, and Jessie Smart. 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.
An additional 11 students received honorable mentions, and were awarded a year’s membership in Pi Lambda Theta, plus a free mentoring session with Dr. Helen Gordon, President of the Santa Barbara Chapter of PLT. They were: Single Subject Credential candidates Kylie McGregor (English) and Janelle Wynn (history/social science); Special Education Credential candidate Caty Solone; and Multiple Subject Credential candidates Katie Booser, Joe Cole, Mary Kathryn Gottbrecht, Lindsey Koro, Adele Martin, Brittany Pedersen, Veronica Ramos, and Danielle Rojo.
UCSB’s Teacher Education Program offers the Multiple-Subject, the Single-Subject (in 6 content areas), the Level I Education Specialist Moderate/Severe Teaching Credential, 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]
Photo Caption top: awardees (L to R) Jessie Smart, Natalie Burrows, Laura Guild, Lara Jacobs, and Michelle Phreaner.
Photo Caption bottom: awardees (L to R) Caty Solone, Danny Diamond, and Natalie Behr.
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