(November 1, 2019) - The UCI School of Education Master of Arts in Teaching program recognized the accomplishments in academic achievement and community engagement of 51 outstanding teacher education candidates during the School’s annual MAT Awards Ceremony.
The nine categories of awards to 51 candidates both represent the largest number in school history. The Promising Master of Arts in Teaching Award, the MAT Leadership Award, and the Santa Ana School District Residency Certificate were each awarded for the first time.
"It is always an honor to get the opportunity to recognize the talented and committed pre-service teachers in our program," said Virginia Panish, Director of Teacher Education. "All of these future teachers have made sacrifices and life choices in order to fulfill their commitment to serving and improving the lives of young people. I have no doubt that they will continue to learn from their work with youth and eventually become leaders in their schools and communities."
“We live in a challenging historic moment, and the work you do as teachers is a direct response to those challenges – through civic engagement and education, we provide a path forward,” Richard Arum, dean and professor of the UCI School of Education said to the MAT students in attendance. “You’re not only making a difference in people’s lives and in their learning, but also providing an example of how to live a life full of purpose.”
Arum initiated the awards presentation by announcing recipients of the Dean’s Scholarship, which recognizes honorees for their academic achievement and commitment to developing their skills and knowledge as new teachers.
Dean’s Scholarship Recipients
Susan Toma Berge, Multiple Subject Coordinator, presented the Laura E. Settle Scholarship, established to honor Laura E. Settle, founder of the California Retired Teachers Association. The award recognizes pre-service teachers with financial need and an exemplary character.
Laura E. Settle Scholarship Recipient
Mary Roosevelt presented the Mary Roosevelt Honor Scholarship in Teaching and Learning, awarded to MAT candidates exhibiting excellence in academic scholarship who have demonstrated dedication to improving the lives and educational opportunities of students and the skills and dispositions of leadership.
Mary Roosevelt Honor Scholarship Recipients
Elizabeth van Es, Associate Dean, presented the Rudy Hanley Scholarships, granted to incoming students pursuing a master’s in teaching who demonstrate the highest level potential for future success in their academic endeavors and future career.
Rudy Hanley Scholarships Recipients
Professor Carol Booth Olson presented the Owen Thomas Memorial Scholarship, which honors an outstanding UCI undergraduate in English committed to secondary English teaching.
Owen Thomas Memorial Scholarship Recipient
Panish awarded the President’s Educator Fellowship, provided by the University of California Office of the President to support students with a demonstrated commitment to working in public schools that primarily serve students from low-income families.
President’s Educator Fellowship Recipients
Acacia Warren, Single Subject Coordinator, presented the MAT Leadership Award, which honors a student who has demonstrated exceptional leadership abilities.
MAT Leadership Award Recipient
Warren and Toma-Berge jointly presented the Promising Master of Arts in Teaching Award, provided through an Hispanic Serving Institution grant from the Department of Education to support students who demonstrate the potential to become inspirational teachers.
Promising Master of Arts in Teaching Award Recipients
Warren distributed certificates to the 10 candidates currently participating in the Santa Ana Unified School District Residency Program, a partnership between the district and UCI School of Education. Residents are recognized for their demonstrated commitment to developing the skills, knowledge and dispositions of exceptional science and mathematics teachers.
Santa Ana USD Residency Certificate Recipients