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College of Education alum honored by school districts

Graduates of the Teacher Education programs at UTA frequently go on to distinguish themselves in the professional world. Two recent alumni have been selected for Teacher of the Year honors on their campuses.

Camilla Waldrop was selected as Outstanding PBIS Teacher of the year at Venture High School in Arlington. She was chosen, she says, because she exhibits “Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) through building relationships with students, other teachers, and staff that enhances the school climate and culture which impact students' academic and social learning." She was nominated by other members of the Venture High School staff and was selected by her Principal and Assistant Principal.

Camilla graduated from UTA’s College of Liberal Arts with a degree in English with Teacher Certification in the Spring of 2018.

“Camilla is a first year teacher who commands the respect of students and teachers alike,” said Venture High School principal Greg Meeks at the presentation of the award. “She does this by recognizing the strengths in students and in others. She treats students with respect. She sets high but realistic expectations. She is energetic, intelligent, open-minded and a relationship builder.”

Cora Garner was recognized as Teacher of the Year at DeSoto High School, where she teaches Early College High School English. She was also named Teacher of the Year by the Southwest Alliance of Black School Educators (SWABSE), a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the educational accomplishments of Southwest Dallas County children, particularly African-American children. She is also a candidate for Teacher of the Year for DeSoto ISD.

Cora received her Secondary Teacher Certification in English from UTA's College of Education in 2018. “I attribute my success as an educator to my dynamic professors at UTA, Dr. Holly Hungerford-Kresser and Dr. Brenda Harris,” she said.

Earlier this year, Cora was featured in a video produced by UTA’s College of Education, focused on her successful transition from college student to first-year teacher.