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UT Tyler School of Education Receives ‘Passion Award’

April 4, 2013

Media Contact:  Hannah Buchanan
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The University of Texas at Tyler School of Education was recently recognized by The Salvation Army in Tyler, Dr. Ross Sherman, College of Education and Psychology interim dean, announced.

The Salvation Army in Tyler honored UT Tyler with the 2013 ‘Passion Award’ for their involvement with The Salvation Army Youth Program last summer. UT Tyler education majors tutor K – Grade 5 children, using a hands-on approach to learning. They assess the children in the areas of math and reading and plan their lessons accordingly.

“The University of Texas at Tyler School of Education has shown a strong commitment or ‘passion’ for The Salvation Army Youth Program and has really invested themselves into it on a daily basis throughout the summer,” said Cindy Bell, who serves as the organization’s director of development. “Their genuine compassion and love for the children we serve is evident. They act as an advocate on the children’s behalf to bring them new opportunities and better resources. We recognize their ‘passion’ for these children and the positive impact they are making on their lives.”

This is UT Tyler’s second year to participate in the summer program.

“It is such an honor to receive this award. I can speak, not only for myself, but also for the UT Tyler students, that this experience made a lifelong impression on our hearts,” said Priscilla Gilpin, UT Tyler lecturer in early childhood education. “Not only were the UT Tyler students able to actively teach the children, but they also established relationships with them. I believe this award is an example of the true passion our students have for teaching.”

For UT Tyler student Karin Davison of Flint, working with the children was a ‘fantastic experience.’

“The children and staff were very welcoming. My students were enthusiastic and engaged in the lessons. I felt that the time we spent with the children was a rewarding experience for me because I got to see so many ‘a-ha’ moments as we worked together,” she said. 

The 10-week summer program reaches more than 30 children each year.

For more information, visit www.salvationarmytyler.org.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 80 undergraduate and graduate degree programs are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of almost 7,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.
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