The Houston Area Association for the Education of Young Children (HAAEYC) has chosen Sharon Spillman as the 2010 Teacher Educator of the Year. The distinction has special depth for Spillman, who indicates that HAAEYC, a local affiliate of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), “has been instrumental in [her] professional and personal growth in the field of early childhood education.” She received her award at the Annual HAAEYC Awards and Officer Installation Dinner on May 25th.
Ms. Spillman has been a lecturer in the College of Education since 2004, teaching undergraduate courses in Early Childhood Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. She received her Master's in Early Childhood Education from the University of Houston and is currently seeking a Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education. Despite these benchmarks, she admits that her greatest accomplishment is the positive feedback she receives from her student teachers after each semester. "It is important to me that students feel my instructional strategies were effective in helping them learn course content."
Making sure her student teachers acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to provide quality learning experiences to young children is Spillman's ultimate aspiration as a teacher educator. "I have a passion for sharing my experiences in the field of Early Childhood Education." She thanks UH faculty, Drs. Nicole Andrews, Juanita Copley and Jacqueline Hawkins, for sharing their knowledge, expertise and passion. "They are exceptional educators who motivate me to give my best each and every semester and to challenge my students to 'think outside the box'.”
“When I commit to something I commit wholeheartedly,” Spillman says. Ultimately, that commitment has afforded her the title of 2010 Teacher Educator of the Year. "I am honored, yet humbled to receive this award . . . To be honored in this manner for my role as a Teacher Educator is truly a blessing.”