Students Celebrated at Fifth Annual Teacher Induction Convocation

Students recite the Razorback Teacher Creed.
Maggie Green

Students recite the Razorback Teacher Creed.

The U of A recently held its fifth annual Teacher Induction Convocation, honoring 236 students across three colleges who have committed to the profession.

Students from 13 teacher education programs across three U of A colleges were represented at the celebration, held at the Don Tyson Center for Agricultural Sciences in Fayetteville. Each teacher candidate was announced and greeted by faculty members at the end of their "walk of recognition." Twenty-one faculty presented pins to the newly admitted teacher candidates. The U of A Office of Teacher Education provided the pins, which read, "Knowledgeable, Skillful, Caring, Professional."

"These words help frame the mission of educator preparation at the university. The U of A is committed to our state initiatives in preparing and supporting teachers in the state of Arkansas," said Jennifer Beasley, director of the Office of Teacher Education. "The pins serve as a remembrance of this milestone, which we hope they will proudly wear as they continue through the program."

Beasley said of the ceremony, "It acknowledges that teaching is a very special profession made up of men and women dedicated to the future of the young people they teach," she said. "It also witnesses that selecting teaching as a career is a calling, a decision to dedicate one's self to the future of others. It also confirms that it is through high-quality education we can foster lifelong learners."

Both undergraduates and master's degree students were honored at the induction ceremony.

The keynote speaker was Katy Moore, a graduate of the College of Education and Health Professions' secondary education Master of Arts in Teaching program. U of A program faculty nominated her based on her outstanding achievements.

Moore, who is in her 13th year of teaching, is an Advanced Placement language and composition teacher at Bentonville West High School. She has received various accolades, including the Extra Mile Award, for her work with students. In 2015 and 2021, she was named Teacher of the Year in Bentonville.

Moore, an Arkansas Teach Plus Policy Fellow, told the auditorium full of students, parents, friends, school partners and faculty that her proudest accomplishment as a teacher is this: "Seeing the people I taught become amazing adults I am honored to know."

Contacts

Shannon G. Magsam, director of communications
College of Education and Health Professions
479-575-3138, magsam@uark.edu

Headlines

Professor Receives USDA-NIFA Grant to Address Need for Human Nutritionists

Job opportunities for nutritionists and dietitians are expected to increase 11% by 2030, but the lack of diversity has limited equitable care for some populations.

Gigantino, Zajicek Named Vice Provosts for Academic Affairs, Faculty Affairs

Provost Terry Martin named Jim Gigantino as vice provost for academic affairs and Anna Zajicek as vice provost for faculty affairs effective Feb. 1. Both have served in interim roles since Summer 2022.

Researchers Receive $1 Million Grant to Develop Robotic System to Assist Poultry Processing

Dongyi Wang, assistant professor of biological and agricultural engineering, and fellow researchers will focus on where automation can help the agricultural and food industries.

U of A Small Business Center Helps Northwest Arkansas Businesses Thrive in 2022

The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center at the U of A wrapped up 2022 with a banner year of new clients, new business starts and capital acquisition.

Registration Open for ESL Symposium Focused on Serving Multilingual Learners

The 15th annual U of A English as a Second Language symposium will focus on partnering to serve multilingual learners in classrooms, schools and communities.

News Daily