SAISD Teacher Named Texas Student Teacher of the Year

September 9, 2015

Glenmore Elementary second-grade teacher Hannah Dodds has been named 2014-15 Texas Student Teacher of the Year by the Texas Directors of Field Experiences (TDFE).

Dodds was one of three students statewide selected for the honor for demonstrating classroom management skills, instructional strategies that support the needs and curriculum of all students, effective interpersonal relationships, and for their reflections about the teaching and learning process. She and her fellow honorees, one from the University of North Texas and one from Sam Houston State University, will be recognized at the 2015 Consortium of State Organizations for Teacher Education (CSOTTE) Conference next month in Frisco.

A Wall native, Dodds earned her bachelor’s degree from Angelo State University in interdisciplinary studies with teacher certification in early childhood through sixth grade in 2014 and is now enrolled in ASU’s Master of Education in educational administration program. She did her student teaching at Wall Elementary School in fall of 2014.

Glenmore Elementary principal Cheri Braden said "We are very excited that Hannah received this honor and is joining our team teaching at Glenmore.  It is very apparent why she received this award.  She goes above and beyond with everything she does and is a top notch teacher.  Her classroom management and organizational skills are superb, and even as a first year teacher she has the passion, love and warmth of a seasoned professional."

“I come from a family of educators,” Dodds said. “My love of teaching was discovered, not in college, but many years ago in a kindergarten classroom. I consider teaching more of a calling than a job, and I look forward to many years in the profession.”

During her undergraduate years, while serving as vice president of Kappa Delta Pi, the international honor society for education, Dodds led a successful event to promote literacy. She was also a 2013–14 selection for Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges and was awarded a scholarship from San Angelo Retired Teachers Association for her dedication to education.

TDFE, a member organization of CSOTTE, is composed of those individuals in public and private educational institutions in the state of Texas who are responsible for administration and coordination of the program of educational field experiences in their respective institutions.

Special thanks to Laurel Scott, News & Information Specialist at Angelo State University, for contributing to this story.