Elliott Memorial awards presented to top student teachers

Robert Elliott Awards

Tarleton State University

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

STEPHENVILLE, Texas—The College of Education honored two of its student teachers for their outstanding efforts and leadership in the classroom during the fall 2012 practicum internships.

Rachel R. Thompson of Gatesville, and Candice M. Parker, a native of Carrollton, Ga., were each presented with the Robert H. Elliott Memorial Award during the college’s “Reflections” ceremony, held Friday, Dec. 7, at Tarleton’s Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center auditorium. The ceremony is designed to honor Tarleton’s student teachers, highlight their most memorable moments throughout the school year, and recognize student teachers who demonstrate outstanding qualities in the classroom.

Thompson, who was selected for the elementary level Elliott Award and will graduate from Tarleton on Dec. 15 with a bachelor of interdisciplinary studies degree, recently completed her student teaching with Stephenville ISD under the guidance of Kim Mitchell, university field supervisor.

As part of Thompson’s practicum, she taught first-grade at Hook and Chamberlin elementary campuses under the supervision of cooperating educators Kim Singleton and Cherie Martin.

“Rachel has an excellent rapport with other teachers, parents and especially the students. You can tell she has so much compassion for them,” said Martin. “Her classroom management skills are some of the best I have ever seen in a student teacher. Rachel has been so willing and went above and beyond to help with planning, and was always prepared for class each day.”

Parker was chosen as this fall’s Elliott Award recipient for the middle school level and will receive her bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies on Dec. 15. She recently completed her student teaching assignment with Weatherford ISD under the guidance of university field supervisor Susann Eller.

Parker taught fifth-grade ELA at WISD’s Wright Elementary School under the supervision of cooperating educator Peggy Clark, and fifth-grade social studies with Rita Evans at Hall Middle School.

“Candice is willing to learn and wants to know how to become a better teacher,” said Clark. “She is eager to attend all the staff development offered to the teachers. She searches for ideas to use in the classroom to make herself a better teacher and to help the students learn.”

First presented in fall 1991, the Robert H. Elliott Memorial Awards are given annually by the College of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction to teacher certification majors who demonstrate the potential for excellence in the classroom.

The award was developed by Elliott’s friends and colleagues in memory of his enthusiasm for education and his devotion to students. The veteran educator and administrator served public schools for many years in Colorado before joining the faculty at Tarleton in 1981. He was a professor in the Department of Education and Psychology and supervisor of the student teacher program at the time of his death in 1990.


Tarleton State University
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