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Local officials attended a signing ceremony recently for the Galveston Area Teacher Education Recruitment and Retention program. From left to right signing the memorandum of collaboration are Dr. William Staples, President of University of Houston Clear Lake; Lynne Cleveland, Superintendent of Galveston Independent School District and Dr. Myles Shelton, President of Galveston College.
College Joins Collaboration to Provide Teachers
Galveston College joined a collaboration that will support students to enter a career in teaching. Galveston College President Myles Shelton was joined at a special signing ceremony by Galveston Independent School District Superintendent Lynne Cleveland and University of Houston Clear Lake President William Staples to formally sign an agreement that commits each partner to support the GATER˛ program. GATER˛ stands for Galveston Area Teacher Education Recruitment and Retention. The purpose of the collaborative program is to identify GISD and Galveston College students with an interest in a career in teaching, to encourage and support this interest and to provide the academic and pedagogical preparation leading to certification. The intent is that these students will provide a ready resource of teachers in GISD or their home districts.
At the collaboration signing ceremony two GATER˛ graduates and one current student of the GATER˛ program spoke. The first speaker, Janice Lewis, is a 1975 graduate of Ball High School. She went on to Galveston College and University of Houston Clear Lake where she graduated in 2005. She had been employed with GISD for 13 years and has been teaching for the last three years. She has taught math and personal finance at Weis Middle School and she will be moving to Central Middle School to teach 8th grade personal finance.
The second speaker was Julia Sauceda who graduated from Ball High in 1997 and attended Galveston College from 1997 to 2000. She graduated from University of Houston Clear Lake in 2003 and has been serving as a bilingual and special education teacher in GISD since 2004.
The third student speaker was Naomi Long, a Galveston resident who graduated from Galveston College in 2005. She is currently attending University of Houston Clear Lake where she plans to graduate in 2009 with her bachelor’s degree and elementary bilingual teacher certification. She looks forward to teaching in GISD.
Dr. Myles Shelton, President of Galveston College stated, “Galveston College is genuinely pleased to partner with the Galveston Independent School District and the University of Houston Clear Lake in providing the GATER˛ program. Such a partnership will help us create a resource of teachers to meet the future needs of our students in Galveston and Texas.”