Victoria Merder of UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School has been chosen as the 2021 Dr. Sabrina Tuyay Memorial Fellow recipient. This fellowship acknowledges teacher candidates who have shown a commitment to providing thoughtful literacy and English language instruction to elementary-age and special education students. Victoria Merder is a Teacher Education Program student at Gevirtz School of Education pursuing her masters of education and a multiple subject teaching credential.
For twelve years, until untimely her death in June 2005, Dr. Sabrina Tuyay taught the Literacy/Language Arts Methods and Procedures courses in the Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential Program at UCSB. In October 2004, Dr. Tuyay was honored as the first recipient of the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education Distinguished Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching. In her acceptance speech, Tuyay spoke passionately about her beliefs. She said, “Students need teachers who are critical thinkers, risk takers, and leaders who are willing to push the boundaries and pursue the possibilities. They need educators who not only say that all students can learn, but who are willing to take the necessary steps to ensure that it happens every day.” Tuyay is recognized for her passionate dedication to ensuring that teachers become critical thinkers and risk takers, leaders who are willing to push boundaries so that all students can optimally learn to read and write and think.