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TEP Students in the News

TEP Student Reinvents Music Class to Teach Kids Arts, Technology

UCLA TEP Student Lawrence Grey Berkowitz was awarded a 2013 Rishwain Social Justice Entrepreneurship Award for his work teaching a blend of songwriting, recording, audio production and self-esteem building, while also teaching traditional and technological literacy to students.



NASA Workshop Inspires TEP Students With Experiential Teaching and Learning

UROVStudents in the Teacher Education Program (TEP) recently had the chance to find out if experiential learning floats – literally. At a workshop last month that was funded by the Noyce Foundation, they participated in a NASA UROV (Underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle) workshop, designing and building robotic devices that would potentially be used for underwater exploration.




TEP Alumni in the News

Two TEP Alumni Named LA County Teachers of the Year 2014-15
Isabel Morales (’05) and Hector Perez-Roman (’05) are now in the running for California’s Teacher of the Year Award.
Click here to view their Teacher of the Year videos.

Six-Part Documentary on IMPACT Urban Teacher Residency Program
The IMPACT Urban Teacher Residency program brings together teacher candidates from TEP and accomplished teachers throughout LAUSD for an apprenticeship experience that benefits both students and mentors.

TEP Alumni Named Los Angeles County Teachers of the Year 2013-14

GutierrezJesús Gutiérrez, Jr.
Baldwin Park High School

Jesús specializes in teaching English Learners. Also, this year, because of his passionate commitment to education, he has been working with failing students, motivating them to overcome their fears and return to the path of academic success.

A colleague writes, "Jesús brings to his classroom an abundant amount of energy and an unlimited reservoir of fresh ideas."

Click here to view Jesús Gutiérrez's Teacher of the Year video.

Click here for an article about Jesús and his experience in the UCLA Teacher Education Program.

Click here for California Teachers Talk: Jesús Gutiérrez, Jr, on the Common Core.


TaoJayme Tao
John Muir Middle School

Jayme doesn't see middle school as a place where a bunch of squirrely children run amok. She sees it as an opportunity to influence her students -- many of them faced with poverty, gangs and other negative influences -- to take their first steps along a path of success.

A parent offers this: "Ms. Tao has created an environment of trust and care that has encouraged my daughter to take risks without fear."

Click here to view Jayme Tao's video.


TEP alumnus Jesús Guttiérez, teacher at  Baldwin Park High School, was named the 2013 Baldwin Park Unified School District Teacher of the Year.

TEP alumni Megan Markevich and Hector Perez-Roman were chosen as 2013 Teach Plus Los Angeles Teaching Policy Fellows, a highly selective program for teachers who work with policymakers to reform education.

TEP alumnus Joel Laguna was honored as the 2013 Michael McKibbin Outstanding Educator.

Kalil Cohen Honored as Founder of Los Angeles Transgender Film Festival

KalilKalil Cohen (M.Ed. TEP '10) was recognized with KCET's "Local Hero" Award for his creation of the Los Angeles Transgender Film Festival and his work as an educator and activist.


Mónica Ratliff Wins Los Angeles Unified School District Board Seat

MónicaMónica Ratliff (M.Ed. TEP '02) was elected to the seven-member board of the Los Angeles Unified School District. She is the only board member who was elected as a working classroom teacher.



Teaching to make a difference

Sara Ordaz wants to make a difference. That's why she chose UCLA. And that's why she's a teacher.

Alison Munzer and a studentThe recent graduate is now thousands of miles away from campus, but she still holds the values she learned here close to her heart. These values are what motivate her in the classroom each day as she works to instill a sense of confidence and a value for education ["a respect for education"] in her kindergarten students on Detroit's east side.


Pamela Walls

Pamela WallsPamela Walls (M.Ed. TEP ’11) attributes her passion for teaching to her very first classroom experience. “Without a question, my kindergarten teacher inspired me to teach. I wanted to be just like her.” Mrs. Bouer of Sixth Avenue Elementary School in Los Angeles, Calif. instilled a confidence and determination in Walls that would help her achieve an outstanding educational career.


"The Mechanics of Digital Storytelling" Article Published

The LAUSD publication, The Ladder, recently published "The Mechanics of Digital Storytelling" by Sarah Bang (M.Ed. TEP '10). Read the article here and view Courage, a sample digital story project made by a second grade classroom.


Shannon Garrison Goes the Extra Mile

Shannon Garrison Olympic TorchShannon Garrison (M.Ed. TEP '98) was selected as one of five teachers to carry the Olympic Torch last summer by the Samsung Corporation and John Legend’s Show Me Campaign, as a way to recognize the work of teachers who go “the extra mile.”  The fourth-grade teacher at Solano Avenue Elementary School carried the Olympic Flame through Edinburgh, Scotland on June 14, 2012.


Sydney Schaef: TEP Alumna Establishes School in Tanzania

sydneyWhen Sydney Schaef (’10, M.Ed.;Teacher Education Program (TEP)/Urban Teaching) was an international exchange student at the University of Dar es Salaam in East Africa in 2005, she joined local community leaders who were working to develop a sustainable education model that would serve as an alternative to the traditional orphanage institution. Before she graduated from the University of Florida with her bachelor’s degree in history and religion, Schaef co-founded Kujali International, a nonprofit that partners with local communities in East Africa to establish free or low-cost private schools for orphaned and at-risk youth.


Six TEP Alumni in the Inaugural Cohort of Teaching Policy Fellows

Teach PlusIn 2011 Teach Plus chose thirty top Los Angeles teachers, including six UCLA TEP alumni, as Teaching Policy Fellows to advance urban public education reform in Los Angeles.

“We are ecstatic to begin our inaugural cohort of Policy Fellows with this group of incredible educators,” said John Lee, Executive Director of Teach Plus Los Angeles.





TEP Faculty in the News

Marjorie OrellanaMarjorie Faulstich Orellana: Making the Most of the Middle

Orellana draws from activism and teaching in urban settings to bring inclusiveness and literacy to English learners.


Tyrone HowardTyrone Howard: Mentoring for Doctoral Students, Aspiring Teachers


The founder of the Black Male Institute is an expert on educational access, equity, and culturally responsive pedagogy.



Imelda Nava LanderosImelda Nava-Landeros: Supporting Pre-Service Teachers in the Sciences


English language learners need support in developing academic language through scaffolded instruction.

Megan FrankeMegan Franke Honored with AERA’s Relating Research to Practice Award


Franke's national recognition is based on her contributions to building understanding of the links between research and practice.



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