UHCL awards STEP scholarships to teacher candidates

February 21, 2018 | Jean Rudnicki

UHCL awards STEP scholarships to teacher candidates

The University of Houston-Clear Lake’s College of Education celebrated the kickoff of its Success Through Education Programs’ spring semester with a luncheon recognizing its scholarship recipients. STEP is a collaborative effort between UH-Clear Lake, five area school districts, and five community colleges designed to create opportunities for students to explore teaching as a profession and to prepare them to become certified teachers.

“We are proud of all of our scholarship recipients,” said STEP director and Professor of Language Arts Lillian McEnery. “ These teacher candidates go on to graduate and then become contributing members and leaders in the home districts from which they came.  That is the beauty of the STEP program.  Candidates get to go back to work in the districts where they themselves often grew up.”

The spring event gave STEP students an opportunity to get acquainted with each other, meet COE faculty and staff, and to receive tips for academic success. The program featured a short presentation by Tomball Intermediate School Principal and UHCL Educational Leadership doctoral student, Bianca Shaughnessy, who offered words of encouragement to the aspiring educators.

Pictured are scholarship recipients (from left) Adriana Chapa, Gretchen Hardy, Associate Dean and Professor in Curriculum and Instruction Joan Pedro, John Jaramillo, Nancy Vega and Brittnai Brown. Not pictured:  Hortencia Armenta, Jazmin Camaal, Eva Castellanos and Nguyen Van.

UH-Clear Lake STEP partners include Goose Creek Consolidated Independent School District and Lee College, Galveston Independent School District and Galveston College, Galena Park Independent School District and San Jacinto College North Campus, San Jacinto College South Campus, Santa Fe Independent School District, Houston Independent School District and Houston Community College-Southeast.

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