Friday, October 25, 2013

LETU GraduateAwarded TDFE Student Teacher of the Year Award

Congratulations to LeTourneau University's School of Education! You've done it again! 

Cristian Driver and his proud LETU supervisor
Dr. Julie Teel-Borders
One of our recent students, Cristian Driver, was named the 2013 Student Teacher of the Year by the Texas Directors of Field Experiences this week in San Antonio.

Driver is the fourth student teacher of the year who has graduated from LETU's teacher preparation program since 1997 to win this distinction. Others included Matthew Bradley in 2010, Breanna Sellers Hurd in 2002 and Karen Bennett in 1997. LETU grad Nikita Mumphrey was also named intern of the year in 2010 by Texas Alternative Certification Association. This success is indicative of the excellent program our university provides to those whose calling is to teach the next generation. 

Driver, who graduated in May
with his bachelor's degree in mathematics education, is certified to teach grades 8-12 math.  He is now employed teaching algebra at Manvel High School in the Alvin Independent School District near Houston, where he also coaches track and basketball. And while he was at LETU, you might remember that he played basketball for the YellowJackets. 

Cristian is a great example of a student who sees his life's work as a holy calling. And because he teaches with excellence, others have noticed.

His supervisor, Dr. Julie Teel-Borders, said during Cristian's student teaching experience, she heard that several of his ninth grade students talked about how much they learned from him because he could explain it to them in a way they could understand. 

Great teachers, like those we have here at LETU and those we are preparing to teach in schools across the globe, make an impact on students for years to come. 

Teaching with excellence, compassion and integrity, Driver is a shining example of the kind of professional we seek to produce here at LeTourneau University.