Tarleton grads receive awards for teacher preparation
Tarleton State University
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
STEPHENVILLE, Texas—Three Tarleton graduates from the College of Education were recently named recipients of the inaugural “Quest for Quality” Teacher Preparation Awards.
Paula Adams, Veronica Gloeckner and Tresa Graeber were among 33 exceptional teacher candidates chosen from across Texas for the awards presented by the Center for Research, Evaluation and Advancement of Teacher Education (CREATE) and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB).
Forty-nine applications were submitted from 16 different universities with nominees providing narratives for review by a panel of six state and national reviewers who met to determine the Quest for Quality award recipients.
Nominees were judged on the depth of their subject area content and knowledge of instructional strategies, excellence in planning and instructional delivery in several areas; and their ability to create and maintain a positive, engaging classroom environment.
“It is an honor to have three of the inaugural round of ‘Quest for Quality: Exceptional Teacher Candidates in the State of Texas’ from Tarleton State University,” said Debby Hopkins-Higham, director of field experiences and assistant professor in Tarleton’s College of Education. “Each of these ladies represents a different certification area at Tarleton that shows our university’s reach has been significantly extended and that we are continuing to produce outstanding teachers.”
Adams, an Early Childhood-6th grade ESL certification teacher, was a member of the Fort Worth cohort attending Tarleton’s Southwest Metroplex Center. She is currently teaching third grade at Granbury ISD’s Acton Elementary School.
Gloeckner, a 4th-8th grade Math/ESL certification teacher, graduated as a member of the Waco cohort at Tarleton’s MCC University Center. Upon graduation, she obtained a position with Gholson ISD serving in multiple teaching assignments including 8th and 11th grade mathematics, 10th grade geometry, 9th-11th grade art, and 5th grade STAR.
Graeber, an Early Childhood-6th grade ESL and all-level special education certification teacher, attended Tarleton’s Stephenville and Weatherford campuses. She currently teaches all-level special education at the Harmony School of Innovation in Fort Worth.
The Quest for Quality initiative, based in The Woodlands, Texas, is designed to highlight exceptional quality in university-based teacher preparation in Texas. The CREATE and THECB collaborate on the program that is funded through a grant from the Sid. W. Richardson Foundation to the College for All Texans Foundation.
The Quest for Quality Teacher Preparation awards will be given annually to exceptional teacher candidates. For more information, visit www.createtx.org. For more information about the educator preparation program at Tarleton, visit www.tarleton.edu/eps/.
Tarleton State University
A member of The Texas A&M University System
Contact: Kurt Mogonye