Abria Harris, FSU-Teach alum, teaches Pre-Algebra and Algebra I at Havana Magnet School, where he was named Rookie Teacher of the Year in 2014 and 2015. This year, he was named the Gadsden County School District's Rookie Teacher of the Year and was also one of six to be awarded the prestigious Governor's Shine Award for making significant contributions to the field of education. Abria says: "I believe the core values of the FSU-Teach program have equipped me with the tools necessary for providing students with quality inquiry-based instruction, hands-on opportunities for learning, and a sense of excitement when learning mathematics. I have found that many students lack interest in mathematics. However, with various instructional approaches, I have been able to make strides and help my students recognize their mathematical abilities. As Ever Garrison once stated, 'A teacher is a compass that activates the magnets of curiosity, knowledge, and wisdom in the pupils.' FSU-Teach was that compass for me, so that I guide the students who matriculate through my classroom."
Dr. David Paige, UTeach Austin alum, was named Teacher of the Year at Liberal Arts and Science Academy in Austin, which is ranked one of the best high schools in the U.S. David teaches Algebra II and says, "UTeach has been a substantial influence in my professional life. I went through the program when I was in graduate school and so I had already been teaching at the college level for a number of years. UTeach helped me learn many new skills and allowed me to develop a more sophisticated and holistic view of what it means to be an effective teacher. It helped me approach my students with more empathy and in a more constructive manner."
Erin Park, CU Teach alum, teaches at Battle Mountain High School in Edwards, Colorado, and was named a winner of NSTA's Maitland P. Simmons Award for new teachers. She is currently teaching Chemistry to grades 10 and 11, and an ACT prep course. This fall she'll be starting AVID with the incoming Freshman class. Erin says, "CU Teach gave me the foundation required to be successful and motivated in the demanding profession of science teaching! I left the program prepared and skilled with not only strategies, but professional connections to utilize in my teaching career."
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