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A record number of UT Arlington students walked across the College Park Center stage this spring. More than 4,500 were honored during commencement ceremonies, with about 3,400 earning their bachelor’s degrees, 1,000 their master’s degrees, and 120 their doctorate.
Among those numbers were the University’s first UTeach graduates. Begun in 2010, UTeach is a science and mathematics secondary teacher preparation program that offers scholarship money to participants. It is part of a national initiative to increase the number of trained math and science teachers in the workforce. Between the College of Education and Health Professions and the College of Science, there were a total of 22 UTeach grads.
“Most students who become teachers stay within 50 miles of where they went to school, so we’re going to be putting a lot of science and math teachers into the Metroplex,” says Ramon Lopez, physics professor and co-director of UTeach Arlington. “They’re going to have such an amazing and positive impact on kids.”
Management graduate Paige Tooley also hopes to have an impact on the education of local students, as her post-UT Arlington plans include opening her own tutoring business. She has been an academic tutor since she was 14 and began taking dual-credit classes at 15. Through the Birdville schools, she currently tutors 28 students but has a client list of about 40.
Another impressive graduate was Elin Andersson, who double-majored in political science and French. She spent the summer of 2013 working with children with special needs in Togo as part of the organization Campagne des Hommes, and plans to pursue a master’s degree in development studies at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland.
Tooley, Andersson, and the UTeach graduates are only a small sampling of the talented, dedicated, and hardworking students present in the UT Arlington Class of 2014. Congratulations to everyone who earned their degree this spring.