Posted: 3/23/23

TAMIU Students Excel at TAFE Competition, Heading to Nationals


Dr. Seth Sampson
Dr. Seth Sampson  

A team of Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) College of Education students have excelled at the recent Texas Association of Future Educators Teach Tomorrow Summit and will travel to a national competition this summer in Florida.

The Summit in Round Rock, TX was attended by 11 TAMIU students and faculty advisor Dr. Seth Sampson, TAMIU assistant professor of School Counseling, and Vanessa Almaraz, co-faculty advisor. Nine of the 11 students placed in the competition.

Competing students included Katherine Aleman, Megan Flores, Jorge Guajardo, Elda Guzman, Angel Hierro, Ashley Hernández, Krystal Inclán, Haziel Mota, Andrea Martínez, Raquel Rodríguez, and Roberto Salinas.

Sampson said the students prepared diligently for the competition.

“The students practiced a great deal for each of the competitions and developed action plans for executing each of their competitive events at the highest level possible,” Dr. Sampson said. 

He noted he believes the students’ potential to perform well at the national competition is quite bright.

“Our students have proven themselves at the state and national-level competitive events and they are driven individuals that showcase their skills as future educators in an ever-changing global society.  They want to elevate the teaching profession and address the national teacher shortage.  I believe we have a very good chance at placing in many of the competitive events at the national Educators Rising Conference in Orlando, FL in late June and early July this year. The students have a competitive advantage because the majority of those competing have experience at the national level already and know what to expect,” he observed. 

At last summer’s 2022 Educators Rising Conference in Washington, D.C., TAMIU students placed first in four competition categories.

TAFE is a co-curricular, statewide, non-profit student organization created in 1984 to allow young men and women an opportunity to explore the teaching profession. It aims to provide the best and brightest high school and middle school students in Texas with the necessary knowledge to make informed decisions about pursuing careers in education. It is sponsored by the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals and governed by a board of directors comprised of teachers, students, and principals.

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TAMIU College of Education students excelled at the recent Texas Association of Future Educators Teach Tomorrow Summit and will travel to a national competition this summer in Florida.