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    Meet the Latest Charles Butt Scholars

    After high school, Steven joined the Navy as a researcher — then he wanted to pursue a career through which he could impact his local community. Growing up, Mariela experienced a lack of bilingual classrooms — then she made it her mission to provide that support to young students. Meanwhile, others credit their former teachers as their inspiration for choosing the teaching profession

    Now in its second year, the Charles Butt Scholarship for Aspiring Teachers has over 200 recipients, including more than 100 Scholars from our 2019-20 cohort. Check out their bios to learn about their journeys, what they’ve overcome, what inspires them, and why they will be amazing Texas teachers.

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    • Pamela Powell, professor at the University of Texas at Austin

      Voices on Teaching: Pamela Powell

      Confidence in the classroom is contagious. Pamela Powell, a clinical assistant professor at the University of Texas at Austin in the UteachProgram, explains why having a strong leader in the classroom is important.

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    • Student’s Presentation Surprises Her First-Year Teacher

      While most students were choosing familiar figures such as Frida Kahlo, Cesar Chavez, and Justice Sonia Sotomayor as subjects for Hispanic Heritage month presentations, one fourth-grade student in McAllen ISD honored her own teacher — Raquel Pérez.

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    • John-Merrow

      Voices on Teaching: John Merrow

      Everyone had a teacher — whether they realized it or not — who changed their life. John Merrow is an accomplished broadcast journalist who has spent over 40 years covering education for PBS and NPR. And he still credits his high school English teacher, Mr. Sullivan, for his success today.

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    • Michael-Bonner-Charles-Butt-Symposium

      Voices on Teaching: Michael Bonner

      Mr. Bonner was featured on Ellen, has written and published a book on teaching, and is a sought-after speaker. Check out this Voices on Teaching interview to learn why he believes so much in the power and potential of teaching to create a ripple effect that lasts for generations. 

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    • Voices on Teaching: Linda Ascencio

      Linda Ascencio, a fourth-grade teacher at Sanchez Elementary School, had a student who challenged her throughout the year. It seemed as if he was always getting in trouble and being sent to the office. However, she made an effort to know this student and his background. Through her efforts, she was able to gain his trust. Now, he is one of the students she misses the most.

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    • Shea-Culpepper-Voices-on-Teaching

      Voices on Teaching: Shea Culpepper

      Shea Culpepper, a clinical director and professor of teacher education at the University of Houston, believes teachers have the awesome task of preparing students for a future that does not exist yet.

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    • Mark-Henry-Superintendent

      Voices on Teaching: Mark Henry

      “Good teachers live forever.” Mark Henry, the superintendent of Cypress-Fairbanks ISD, is not in the classroom anymore; however, he still appreciates and recognizes a teacher’s lasting impact.

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    • Voices on Teaching: Khiandra Woods

      Khiandra Woods had a teacher that made an effort to create a family-like environment in her classroom: she built personal relationships with her students; she knew her students’ families personally; and she even knew what her students like to do on the weekend. In this environment, Khiandra wanted to shine and meet her teacher’s high expectations.

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