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Southwestern Student Receives Statewide Teaching Scholarship

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    Katie Elder (Photo by Maritza Robles)

Scholarship recognizes the best teacher candidates in Texas

Southwestern senior Katie Elder has been selected to receive a scholarship from the Texas Association of School Personnel Administrators (TASPA) for the 2013-2014 academic year. The scholarships are given each year to three students who TASPA identifies as the best teacher candidates throughout Texas. This year’s scholarships will be presented at TASPA’s annual awards luncheon in Austin Dec. 12.

Elder will be graduating in May with a double major in Spanish and education, and will be certified to teach general education at the elementary level and special education at all levels. She is currently student teaching in a bilingual kindergarten classroom.

“I am grateful for all the components of Southwestern’s teacher certification program,” Elder said. “Through our classes, intercultural experiences and placements in local schools, we are encouraged to engage in constant self-reflection. This has helped me grow as a student and as a pre-service teacher because I am living my belief that we always have more to learn. I hope to inspire my students to constantly grow and change and learn.”

Elder is a peer academic mentor for the Center for Academic Success and serves as a mentor  for the Georgetown Partners in Education program. She also is involved with Delta Delta Delta sorority.

This is the 14th year in a row that a Southwestern student has received one of the three TASPA scholarships.

–Maritza Robles