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New Educators Recognized at Teacher Education Induction Ceremony

December 20, 2013

Teacher Induction

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Ninety-three Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi students receiving degrees that will qualify them to enter the teaching profession were recognized at the Teacher Education Induction Ceremony held on Thursday, Dec. 19, in the Performing Arts Center. The induction ceremony recognizes students’ achievement of making the final step towards becoming professional educators.

“Many of our students have made tremendous sacrifices in order to reach their goal of becoming a teacher,” said Dr. Carmen Tejeda-Delgado, an Associate Professor for the Department of Teacher Education and induction ceremony organizer. “I think the reason behind this may lie in how personal and intimate the ceremony tends to be.”

The event congratulated all students who have successfully completed the requirements of the Teacher Education Program and are seeking initial certification into the teaching profession. During the ceremony, new teachers received commemorative medallions from their mentors and site professors. The medallions are inscribed with the word “Educator” and may be worn over students' gowns at graduation.

“The University has given us some amazing professors,” said Ruth Castillo, who is receiving her degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, EC-6 Bilingual Generalist.  “I could not be as prepared as I am without them. They made me who I am and shaped me into the teacher I am today.”

Ibet Vargas Caro, who received her Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in 2012, was the ceremony guest speaker. Caro was named the 2012 Secondary Teacher of the Year for Corpus Christi Independent School District and the Education Service Center, Region 2. She currently teaches Science at King High School.

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