STEPHENVILLE (May 8, 2019) — Tarleton State University’s College of Education awarded a graduating senior with the Spring 2019 Outstanding Clinical Teacher Award at last week’s “Reflections” ceremony upon completion of the cohort’s student-teaching internships.
Faculty from the college and the Office of Educator Preparation Services presented the award to Torey Crosswhite, who will receive her diploma Saturday, May 11. She plans to pursue a career in public education as a teacher of second grade.
Crosswhite, a native of Blue Ridge, Texas, concluded her clinical teaching at Stephenville ISD’s Gilbert Intermediate School and Chamberlin Elementary School under the supervision of cooperating teachers Tisha Gray and Brittany Magin. Carolyn Hampton was Crosswhite’s university field supervisor. Crosswhite earned an early childhood through sixth grade (EC-6) teaching certification.
Crosswhite, who student interned in both second- and fifth-grade classrooms, was selected for the award for having numerous qualities, including initiative and self-reflection.
“From day one in the classroom, Ms. Crosswhite stepped up where there were noticeable gaps and helped students without being prompted,” her nominator wrote. “During her lessons, the TEKS were followed and ownership was taken by accepting the responsibility of personal lesson planning and organizing for the class. Respecting what was already in place, Ms. Crosswhite developed lessons focused upon the strengths of their teaching style.”
Crosswhite was commended for accepting constructive criticism well and for making adjustments throughout the classroom day. She noticed small details in a lesson that might not be working, so she modified on the spot, the nominator added. “She was very driven and used initiative and self-reflection to improve every day and was truly an asset to have in the classroom.”
The Outstanding Clinical Teacher Award presented by the College of Education replaces the former Robert H. Elliott Award, which recognized students for similar achievements.
Recipients of the teacher award will be submitted to the Texas Directors of Field Experiences (TDFE) to be considered for the statewide Outstanding Clinical Teacher Award. TDFE is under the auspices of the Consortium of State Organizations for Texas Teacher Education.
To learn more about Tarleton’s College of Education and its teacher preparation program, visit www.tarleton.edu/eps/tep.