2016 Annual Report - page 24

Future Teachers are Celebrated at
First World Teachers’ Day
High school students planning to pursue a University
degree in Education were celebrated when TAMIU hosted its
World Teachers’ Day in October. The event served to induct
the first cohort of 40 Laredo Independent School District
(LISD) Early College High School (ECHS) students into the
TAMIU Pre-Ed Track.
Among those present were representatives fromTAMIU’s
College of Education; LISD, Congressman Henry Cuellar’s
office, Pre-Ed students and their parents, and Michelle Accardi,
director of Policy and Partnerships,The National Board of
Professional Teaching Standards.
The inductees are students enrolled in the LISD ECHS
declaring education and teaching as their desired future career.
During the induction, the students received a TAMIU RISE
badge and were challenged to abide by the TAMIU Code of
Respect, Integrity, Service and Excellence as they complete their
Pre-Ed experience while at the ECHS.
Dr. James O’Meara,TAMIU College of Education dean,
noted that this year,World Teacher’s Day Marks the 50th
Anniversary of the adoption of the 1966 ILO/UNESCO
Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers,
further shining a light on the need to support teachers.The
Celebration also emphasized the importance of preparing
qualified teachers, a commitment the College of Education
proudly shares.
CassandraWheeler, (fourth
from left), longtime TAMIU executive
director of Career Services, was
recently selected as the Laredo
Chamber of Commerce incoming
Chair for 2016-2017. She has
been volunteering and serving
the Chamber since 2005. Holding
the Chamber’s symbolic gavel, she
noted she felt a strong connection
to all who served before her…
including her predecessor,TAMIU
Alum, Mario Peña (’78). Cassandra is
also currently completing a Ph.D. at
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