Dean's Message

“Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another.”
--(G. K. Chesterson)
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James O'Meara, Ed.D.

 Dean of the TAMIU College of Education



Dear member of the College of Education community,

Let me begin by saying how much we miss seeing you on campus. Our concern for your well-being and that of your family is why our wonderful faculty are working this week to transfer your classes to a virtual environment. We are committed to ensuring you can safely access the classes and support you need to be successful.

We have updated the College of Education website to provide you with a central location to access updates on policy, response, and procedures regarding COVID-19 from TAMIU, the Texas Education Agency, and other key organizations. These guidelines provide current information and practical steps for reducing risk for ourselves and for each other.

We have also updated the College directory. If you have concerns about a course, please reach out to the relevant faculty member. If you need answers about testing, blocks, or advising, please contact the relevant team member listed on our webpage.

We have also updated our advising website with information on virtual appointments that reflect our compliance with CDC guidelines for gathering and social distancing.

In closing, let me reassure you that we are here for you, and we will get through this together.

Be well,

Dr. James O’Meara
Dean, College of Education 







 My name is James O’Meara, an Australian by birth and a resident of Laredo by choice. I serve at the Dean of the College of Education at TAMIU and the President of the International Council on Education of Teaching. I am the son of parents who never finished high school and wanted something better for their children. I represent a success story of my teachers who challenged me to ‘Go Beyond’ and supported me to make it happen. I am a member of the we Teach Texas Family who believes every success starts in a classroom. I am the leader of the We Teach Laredo family who wants every child to have has access to an educator who is ready to teach from day one in the classroom.

For every child in Laredo to have has access to a classroom-ready educator we must

  1. Recruit candidates who represent La Cutura (culturally-based leaders) by celebrating their culture and modeling ‘Respect, Integrity, Service and Excellence (RISE)’ as described in the dichos of their abuelos .
  2. Prepare educators and leaders who can model Juntos (community leaders) by sharing the vision of ‘a quality teacher for all’ and recognizing the importance of a paso a paso approach when realizing this vision.
  3. Provide international opportunities for educators to develop Adelante (globally-minded leaders) by forming the international connections required to prepare graduates for leadership roles with local, state, national, and global settings.
  4. Support our Alumni to be Si Se Puede (social justice leaders) who RISE above their daily challenges and connect with local groups to make a difference in the communities they serve.

Members of the South Texas community, if you are someone who wants to be a professional who RISE’s daily to shape the future of Laredo by teaching the future of Laredo, then we want to hear from you. If you want to support a future teacher of Laredo by contributing to our We Teach Laredo Fund, then we want to hear from you. If you want to partner with us to provide a quality teacher for every child in South Texas and Beyond then we want to hear from you.

Colleagues, friends and families, now is the time to make a difference for if not now, when will begin to deliver on our commitment of quality teachers for all. Together we can make a difference for if not us, who will recruit, prepare and support the future educators of South Texas. We cannot wait for the perfect time to provide quality teachers for all, the 50th anniversary of the College of Education in Laredo,is the perfect time to ensure we are providing quality teachers for all. I invite you to join us in this important mission because the families of South Texas deserve nothing less!        


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