The Bialis Family Foundation, in conjunction with the Teacher Education Program at UC Santa Barbara's Gevirtz School, has established the Mentor Teacher Awards to recognize excellence in mentoring new teachers into the profession. The awards honor established teachers who go above and beyond when advising teacher credential candidates from UCSB at local public school campuses.
The 2011 honorees are:
Barbara Barr – Roosevelt Elementary School
Beth Fuste – Dos Pueblos High School
Natalie Holdren – Mountain View Elementary School
Judy Jenkins – Brandon School
Jose Marquez – La Colina Junior High School
Amy McMillan – Goleta Valley Junior High School
Pam Rennick – Isla Vista Elementary School
Carol Schwyzer – Harding University Partnership School
Tara Uliasz – La Colina Junior High School
Nancy Wood – San Marcos High School
This group was considered among the most outstanding and committed Cooperating Teachers in UCSB's Teacher Education Program. Their excellence in mentoring new teachers is evident in the way these teachers grow under their guidance. Their dedication to this work shows their commitment to the profession and to future students. The Gevirtz School solicited feedback from past student teachers, supervisors, and administrators in an effort to select cooperating teachers who are truly excellent at mentoring. In this first year of the award, the focus was on the outstanding Cooperating Teachers who have also been working with us for a long time.
The ten award winners will by honored at a ceremony on Friday, May 20 from 4-6 pm at the Education Building at UCSB.
[The Mentor Teacher Award winners are available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]
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