AUSTIN, Texas – Chancellor John Sharp will today honor the 2015 inductees for the Chancellor’s Academy of Teacher Educators. The Academy recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the field of teacher education and highlights the role of the A&M System in producing K-12 teachers for the state of Texas.
This year’s inductees are Dr. David W. Allard, Texas A&M University-Texarkana; Dr. Gary E. Briers, Texas A&M University; Dr. Joe Gillespie, Tarleton State University; Dr. Rohitha Goonatilake, Texas A&M International University; Dr. Sandra K. Kimbrough, Texas A&M University-Commerce; Dr. Karen A. McCaleb, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi; Connie McKee, West Texas A&M University; Dr. Allen H Redmon, Texas A&M University-Central Texas; Dr. Greta L. Schuster, Texas A&M University-Kingsville; Dr. Patricia A. Smith, Prairie View A&M University; and Dr. Debbie J. Vera, Texas A&M University-San Antonio.
“The Texas A&M System is known for producing some of the best teachers in the country,” said Sharp. “But it takes exceptional teachers at the college level to help prepare those teachers for the classroom. The Academy is a way for us to recognize those teachers who go above and beyond the call of duty to ensure their students are getting the best education possible, so that they in turn can share that experience and knowledge with their own students.”
Inductees are selected by past Academy members. University faculty, staff and students are able to nominate any full-time faculty member who has had a significant impact in the preparation of teachers.
Academy members each receive a $1,000 stipend, commemorative medallion, certificate, and recognition at the Chancellor’s Century Council annual meeting in Austin.
About the A&M System
The A&M System is one of the largest systems of higher education in the nation, with a budget of $3.8 billion. Through a statewide network of 11 universities, seven state agencies, two service units and a comprehensive health science center, the A&M System educates more than 135,000 students and makes more than 22 million additional educational contacts through service and outreach programs each year. Externally funded research expenditures exceed $820 million and help drive the state’s economy.
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