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Student of the Month


April 2018

Toryn CoombsMitchell Atkinson

Mitchell was nominated for his work by Doug Nielsen

As a UTF in ELED 1010, he has spent many hours invested in students' success providing both instructuional support and encouragement, especially to students struggling to pass the Praxis Multisubjects Examination.


Branden VanceBranden Vance

Branden was nominated for his work by Dr. Sherry Marx

Branden has shaped his TEAL 4710 class by contributing idead to the syllabus, actively leading discussions, and sharing information about his own upbringing and background that have influenced his desire to be an equitable teacher.


Jennifer BaileyJennifer Bailey

Jennifer was nominated for her work by Dr. Emma Maughan

Jennifer In her ELED 3000 course writes in a way that is consistently thoughtful, engaging, and artful. She demonstrates self-awreness, openness to other perspectives, and attention to underlying issues.


ChappellKelsey Chappell

Kelsey was nominated for her work by Caisa Shoop

Kelsey Chappell in her FCSE Student Teaching, she has assisted in the creation of new projects for sewing classes that are more connected to the specific needs of the students' daily lives and has established fun projects in which students participate.


March 2018

Toryn CoombsSierra Yates

Sierra was nominated for her work by Georgiann Willoughby

She developed and implemented her own class expectations with the students. She created a classroom climate that encouraged and supported relationships with students and was characterized by mutual respect and trust.



Toryn CoombsRebecca Woods

Rebecca was nominated for her work by Dr. Georgiann Willoughby

She is fully able to run her two student teaching kingergarten classes. Her mentor teacher helps her plan lessons, but she does everything else. Her mentor teacher steps in only to help pass out materials and work with small groups.


Toryn CoombsHolly Baker

Holly was nominated for her work by Dr. Georgiann Willoughby

Her strengths as a teacher were such that her mentor teacher could leave the classroom completely in her hands when her mentor teacher experienced unexpected illness without worrying whether the children's progress would be interrupted.

February 2018

Toryn CoombsToryn Coombs

Toryn was nominated for her work in level 2 by Emma Maughan

Toryn Coombs written work about her Level II practicum experience is exceptionally thoughtful, thorough and insightful. She ponders causality and impacts of observable classroom conditions at a high level.

January 2018

Taylor HorrocksTaylor Horrocks

Taylor was nominated for her work as an intern with Terra Academy.

I can only imagine how miserable I would be if I didn't try to bridge ties with my student and find out what can alleviate his frustration. I have learned that being a teacher is more about being a decent human being, than someone who simply reiterates information.


Rebekah CroftRebekah Croft

Rebekah was nominated for her work as a student teacher.

When her Mentor Teacher suffered a family death, Rebekah showed compassion, professionalism, and commitment as the consistent adult in the classrooom while substitutes rotated in and out for several weeks.


Annelise EvansAnnelise Evans

Annelise was nominated for her work as a ELED 1010 Undergraduate Teaching Fellow.

Annelise has been our Praxis study coordinator for a year and, in that time, has taken it upon herself not only to teach the sessions but to update and improve the lessons provided.

Daphne DavisDaphne Davis

Daphne was nominated for her work in ELED 3000.

Daphne has turned in work of excellent quality demonstrating thoughtful articulation of complex ideas and an ability to make connections across contexts and perspectives. Her final paper, on bell hooks, was an artful analysis of the scholar's work and legacy.