Texas Tech College of Education Graduate Earns Student Teacher of the Year

A May graduate of Texas Tech University’s College of Education has won one of two state-wide awards for Student Teacher of the Year, a first for a Texas Tech student teacher from the College of Education. Katie L. Moreland will be honored at the annual conference of the Consortium of State Organizations for Texas Teacher Education in October. Each year, more than 6,000 students from Texas colleges of education complete student teaching. Moreland did her student teaching in the fifth grade at Parkside Elementary in Georgetown, part of the Leander Independent School District, where she taught in her major of multidisciplinary studies, emphasizing reading/language arts and social studies.   Moreland’s application consisted of a section on her interests and activities, which included being the community advisor for students in the education learning community – a specialized dorm space for education majors – and being on dance and art teams, interests and activities which served her readily in her teaching. The second section of her application dealt with the strengths she brings to teaching, centered on her love of learning and how that love influences her teaching. The final component of her application was a complete lesson plan titled Aquatic Environments: Acid in Water. “The most valuable information and lesson I took with me from my student-teaching experience is that learning never ends, even as an educator,” Moreland said. Moreland, a native of Round Rock, has accepted a job as a sixth grade language arts teacher at Four Points Middle School in Leander ISD.  Find Texas Tech news, experts and story ideas at www.media.ttu.edu. CONTACT: Judy A. Simpson, assistant dean: operations, outreach and public relations, College of Education, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-1998 ext.456, or judy.a.simpson@ttu.edu.