Golden Apple Awards Presented to Ten Outstanding Student Teachers
Los Angeles, CA Â The Charter College of Education at California State University, Los Angeles recently honored all of the graduates of the Cal State L.A. credential programs in elementary, secondary and special education, in addition to selecting students who have demonstrated exceptional performance as a student teacher.
During this yearÂs annual ÂDay of the TeacherÂ reception, ten outstanding student teachers were recognized. The 2001-2002 Golden Apple awards were presented to: Irving Bartikofsky (Whittier); Mauro Colmenarez (Los Angeles); Jill Reddy (South Pasadena); Samantha Tran (Montebello); Debra Thomas-Zasadzinski (Claremont); Claudia Martinez (Los Angeles); Miriam Real (Los Angeles); Elizabeth Castillo-Salas (North Hills); Seam Moy Taing (Monterey Park); and Timothy Tatsui (Alhambra).
Each outstanding student teacher was nominated by a member of the University faculty. Students must have been rated in the top 10 percent of student teachers observed by a faculty during the past academic year and must have provided exemplary work in the following practices: development and implementation of instruction that encourages students to think; inclusion of studentsÂ cultural values and cultural knowledge in lesson content and activities; development of learning opportunities that are responsive to language diversity; development and implementation of learning opportunities that effectively address the needs of children with special needs (special education); knowledge and exposure to the cultures that characterize the school community; development of culturally-relevant curriculum materials; and completion of all the Direct Teaching (student teaching) competencies at an exemplary level.
The guest speaker for the reception was Marlene Canter, one of the new Los Angeles Unified School District Board Members. As a board member, her focus is on improving the quality of public schools by creating policy to retain and recruit quality principals and teachers, advocating parent involvement, and catalyzing systemic district-wide change. In the early 1970s, Canter taught in special education at Alta Loma Elementary School in Los Angeles Unified School District. She has also been a resource specialist in the Irvine Unified School District teaching and mentoring students with learning disabilities. Canter earned her B.A. from CSU Long Beach and her teaching credentials from Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena. Prior to her election, she was the co-CEO of Canter and Associates, one of the worldÂs leading teacher training organizations, which she co-founded in 1976. Canter and Associates have trained more than one million K-12 teachers worldwide.
The event was made possible through the Cal State L.A. Charter College of Education and the Friends of the Charter College of Education. For more information, contact the Student Services Office, Cal State L.A. Charter College of Education, at (323) 343-4320.