TAMU accepts CJH teacher for program
Houston County Courier - October 2007
By Sharron Randall
Patricia Lankford, 6th grade Science teacher at Crockett Junior High School, was accepted to Science Teacher Mentor (STM) Training in the K-8 Science Group of the TAMU-College Station Regional Collaborative for Excellence in Science Teaching.
She was one of only 15 kindergarten-8th grade science teachers accepted into the program.
Grant monies obtained by the State Collaborative, headquartered at University of Texas, Austin, provides sustained and high-quality professional development based on the science TEKS and TAKS objectives; however, the grants are limited to funding 10 physics/PC teachers and 15 K-8 teachers region-wide.
An orientation meeting was held on Sept. 22 on the Texas A&M campus for the second-year teacher to learn more about the Collaborative, complete necessary paperwork, and learn about plans for the year.
Each STM trainee receives expenses for a seminar/training in Austin, Nov. 15-17; expenses for one additional professional organization meeting; $400 stipend upon completion of training; ongoing professional development in Earth Science during fall 2007 and spring 2008; one week professional development during June 2008 and free classroom materials.
Each STM trainee commits to attend at least 105 hours of professional development training sessions offered during 2007-2008 and provide professional development experiences for his or her colleagues.
In addition, each participating school receives over $600 in equipment for classroom use, a trained STM for the school and free professional development for teachers.
Ms. Lankford graduated Magna cum Laude from Peru State College, Peru, Neb. in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts in history and a minor in social studies.
The instructor commutes daily from Mexia and has three adult children; Amanda, Jason and Matthew, and three grandchildren; Eli, Kyle and Jadz.