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Teacher Education
August 8, 2022 • Posted in , ,

Teacher Ed Program Lauded for Praxis Pass Rates

The University of the Ozarks’ Pat Walker Teacher Education Program has been recognized for its students’ high pass rates in the state licensure exams. U of O elementary education students ranked first in Best-Attempt Pass Rates and sixth in First-Attempt Pass Rates in Arkansas in 2021, according to the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ).  […]

July 19, 2022 • Posted in , ,

Pelts ’04 Returns to Ozarks as Instructor of Education

University of the Ozarks alumna Leanita Pelts, who previously worked at the University for 30 years, is returning to her alma mater as an instructor of education, beginning the Fall 2022 Semester. Pelts, who worked at the University in various positions from 1985 to 2015, has served as a special education teacher for the Clarksville […]

Teacher Education Program
April 26, 2022 • Posted in ,

Teacher Education Students Earn Pins, Inductions

The University of the Ozarks Pat Walker Teacher Education Program honored several of its students recently with a pinning ceremony and inductions into the Ozarks Student Education Association (OSEA) and Kappa Delta Pi (KDP). The event was held in the Rogers Conference Center and featured as keynote speaker Roy Hester, director of the Guy Fenter […]

Mathematics Teachers Alumni
April 13, 2022 • Posted in , , ,

Alums Receive Teacher of the Year Honors From Math Association

A pair of University of the Ozarks alumna who teach mathematics in the Arkansas River Valley were recently presented with a prestigious regional honor by the Mathematics Association of America (MAA). Kimberly (Corley) Griffin ’12 (pictured left), a teacher at Scranton High School, was named the sectional MAA 7-12 Mathematics Teacher of the Year and […]

Pam Smith
March 11, 2022 • Posted in ,

Smith Selected as Director of Teacher Education Program

Pam Smith has been named the new director of the University of the Ozarks’ Pat Walker Teacher Education Program, University officials announced this week. Smith, a 1990 Ozarks graduate who has taught at the University since 2015, will become the program’s new director effective April 1, 2022. “I am looking forward to working with the […]

Rachael Masterson

Students Keep Teacher Intern Masterson Motivated

“Mrs. Masterson you’re my favorite.” “I love you, Mrs. Masterson.” Those words coming from first-graders in University of the Ozarks student intern Rachael Masterson’s class go a long way in encouraging and inspiring the senior from Clarksville, Ark. But there is more to what brings her back to the classroom energetically each day. “To hear […]

Crook Receives Teacher Mentor Award
October 14, 2021 • Posted in , ,

Crook ’14 Named State’s Outstanding Mentor Teacher

Clarksville (Ark.) first grade teacher Jessica (Prater) Crook, a 2014 graduate of University of the Ozarks, has been named the recipient of the 2021 Outstanding Mentor Teacher Award by the Arkansas Association of Teacher Educators (ArATE). The award was presented to Crook on Thursday, Oct. 14, in her classroom at Clarksville Primary School. Presenting the […]

Teacher Education Students
October 12, 2021 • Posted in , , , ,

Alumni Grant Provides Study Away for Education Students

Four soon-to-be graduates from the University of the Ozarks’ Pat Walker Teacher Education Program will have the opportunity to visit schools in rural Southwest Arkansas this week, thanks to a grant by the University’s Alumni Association. The students are (pictured, standing from left) Rachael Masterson of Clarksville, Ark.; Seth Duke of Gravette, Ark.; Michael Rankin […]

Honors Day

Outstanding Students Recognized During Honors Day Ceremony

University of the Ozarks administrators and faculty presented the University’s top academic and division awards during the 64th annual Honors Day ceremony, held Wednesday afternoon via Zoom. Petron Brown, a theatre and environmental studies major from Nassau, The Bahamas, was the recipient of the 2021 Wiley Lin Hurie Memorial Award, presented to the outstanding senior […]

Dr. Allison Freed and Pam Smith
April 28, 2021 • Posted in , , ,

Professors Freed, Smith Receive Promotion

The University of the Ozarks Board of Trustees approved promotions for teacher education professors Dr. Allison Freed and Pam Smith during its spring board meeting on April 24. Freed (pictured, left) was promoted to associate professor of education/science education and was granted tenure by the board. Smith was promoted to associate professor of practice. Both […]