Eight students named 20021-2022 Dr. J Student Teacher Fellows

Thursday, March 31, 2022
the 2021-22 Dr. J Fellows

The 2021-22 Dr. J Fellows: (top, l-r) Darlene Arenivas, Lunah Lee, Mateo Ochoa, Giselle Rivera; (bottom, l-r) Olivia Stehlin, Lidia Tapia Romero, Clara Thomann, Michael Zheng

The Teacher Education Program at the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education at UC Santa Barbara has named its 2021 Dr. J Student Teacher Fellows:

Multiple Subject Credential Candidates
Darlene Arenivas
Mateo Ochoa
Lidia Tapia Romero

Single Subject Credential Candidates
Lunah Lee (Science/Chemistry)
Giselle Rivera (Spanish)
Olivia Stehlin (English)
Clara Thomann (Science/Physics)
Michael Zheng (Mathematics)

The Dr. J Student Teacher Fellowships honor the legacy of Dr. Richard Jamgochian, former Director of the Teacher Education Program. From 1968-1991, “Dr. J” was an enthusiastic and tireless advocate for teacher education. Recipients of the fellowship show promise as future teachers and exemplify the ideals that Dr. J promoted. According to Dr. J, learning to teach should be a collegial endeavor. He judged teaching to be both a science and an art, and he encouraged teachers to engage in on-going self-examination and professional development to maintain skills in both endeavors.

Colleagues credit his personal management style for building and refining TEP, which prepared more than 5,000 teachers during his tenure and was cited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing in 1991 as “an exemplary program.”

Recipients of the fellowship not only must show promise as future teachers but also must exemplify the ideals that Dr. J promoted. According to Dr. J, teaching involves much more than imparting knowledge. He believed that teachers should see self-actualization as their greatest goal.

The Dr. J Student Teacher Fellowships are offered by GGSE through the Teacher Education Program. TEP offers Multiple-Subject, Single-Subject and both Level I Education Specialist Mild/Moderate and Extensive Support Teaching Credentials with a Master’s Degree in Education. These programs provide future teachers with a solid theoretical foundation integrated with extensive fieldwork, leading to both a California State Teaching Credential and a Master’s Degree in Education.

[All recipients are available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at george@education.ucsb.edu]