Texas Tech Professor Earns Teacher of the Year Honor

Education professor takes award for teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.

Comfort Pratt

Pratt accepted the award at the 95th Annual Conference of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese in San Antonio.

A Texas Tech University professor has been named Teacher of the Year by an international organization.

Comfort Pratt, professor of bilingual education and diversity studies, and secondary education in the College of Education was named Outstanding Teacher of the Year, College and University Level, at the 95th Annual Conference of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese held in July in San Antonio. The title included a plaque, a certificate and a cash award.

The American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese is an international association that includes teachers of Spanish and Portuguese and all others interested in these languages from all over the world. It promotes the study and teaching of the Spanish and Portuguese languages and their corresponding literatures and cultures at all levels of education. It also encourages, supports and directs programs and research projects involving the exchange of pedagogical and scholarly information.

Every year, nominations are sent from all over the world to the national office for the highly competitive Teacher of the Year Award. One person is selected for each level  of elementary, secondary and college/university.

 

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College of Education

The College of Education at Texas Tech University offers a full range of programs, including 9 doctoral degrees, 10 master's degrees, two bachelor's degrees and numerous specializations which can lead to careers in public or private education as teachers, professors, administrators, counselors and diagnosticians.

Programs in the college are housed in three departments.

The Department of Curriculum & Instruction offers advanced degrees that prepare leaders, researchers, and professors with the knowledge, skills, and practical application experience needed to analyze, construct, and evaluate curricula in ways that create optimal learning conditions for all learners. Language and literacy, bilingual education and STEM education are just a few of the specializations offered by C&I.

The Department of Educational Psychology & Leadership consists of a diverse group of academic programs that equip students with a comprehensive knowledge of learning, motivation, development, and educational foundations. The disciplines of counseling and school psychology are housed within the EP&L department as are programs to prepare future college administrators, primary and secondary school and district leaders, as well as practical and academic educational psychologists.

The Department of Teacher Education focuses solely on teacher preparation, ensuring that teacher candidates are ready for the classroom on day one. The Teacher Education Department is home to TechTeach, an innovative teacher preparation program that puts teacher candidates into public school classrooms for a full year and requires that students pass teacher certification tests prior to entering the classroom. Various paths to teaching careers, including fast-track distance programs statewide and alternative certification options, are also housed in this department.

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