Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA), which facilitates the Texas Teacher of the Year program has named Revathi Balakrishna, a talented and gifted specialist in Round Rock ISD, as the 2016 Elementary Teacher of the Year. Ms. Balakrishnan was chosen to represent Texas in the National Teacher of the Year competition.
“Creating a workforce that can adapt itself to ever-changing workplace conditions calls for innovative approaches, and teachers, administrators and government officials who are visionaries,” said Revathi Balakrishnan, the 2016 Texas Teacher of the Year and a talented and gifted (TAG) specialist at Patsy Sommer Elementary School in Round Rock ISD. “Every child is a unique individual, depending on all of us to provide them with a comprehensive education that will make them competitive in the global workplace. And we owe them nothing less.”
Balakrishnan, who has taught for 10 years, is a second-career educator, having first spent 12 years as a systems analyst. She said she hopes the recognition she has received as a campus, district, region, and now Texas Elementary Teacher of the Year, will inspire others to join the teaching profession, which she has described as complex but satisfying.
“I hope that my rewarding experiences will convince people of underrepresented ethnicities to follow in my footsteps and enter this noble profession,” said Balakrishnan, who emigrated from India 30 years ago. “My own daughter did, saying, ‘I see you come home from work every day, excited for the new day to begin. I want the same for myself.’”
Balakrishnan is the founder of the Shakespeare Support Group for TAG teachers and the Round Rock ISD Shakespeare Festival, and she is a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the Texas Association for Gifted and Talented (TAGT). In 2011, she was chosen the Region 13 TAGT Teacher of the Year.
Balakrishnan earned her teacher certification through the Teacher Recruitment Program at the Round Rock campus of Texas State University.
Hear Rivathi Balakrishnan: https://roundrockisd.org/revathi-balakrishnan-named-2016-texas-elementary-teacher-of-the-year/
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TRP Information Session: November 5, 5:00 - 6:00 pm. Avery building, Round Rock campus, room 453.
The Teacher Recruitment Program (TRP) provides an accelerated pathway for individuals, who hold a baccalaureate, who are seeking initial teacher certification. Two initial teacher certification pathways are available through TRP:
TRP is a full-certification program including 18 hours of graduate initial teacher certifcation course work and 14 weeks of student teaching, typically completed in two semesters of full-time attendance. The coursework may begin in either the Fall or Spring semesters. The first semester classes are delivered at the Round Rock campus. Field experiences are delivered on-site in local area public schools. Due to the accelerated nature of the Teacher Recruitment Program a substantial portion of the program requires a daytime commitment in public schools.
Once a TRP participant has successfully completed the front-loaded 18 credit hours of graduate initial teacher certification coursework, student teaching, and has passed the required TExES licensing exams, he/she is then eligible to apply for full-time teaching positions in Texas.
The remaining 18 credit hours of coursework for the MEd. may be completed within 5 years.
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Important Note: Please indicate on your Graduate College Application that you are applying for the either Elementary Education (MEd TRP ESL) or Secondary Education (MEd Teacher Recruitment Project). Failure to make these notations will delay the approval process. International students and U.S. citizens who earned a degree from outside the United States must contact the Graduate College for information regarding admissions (512-245-2581).
Step 2: To complete your application, submit the following:
Applicants who are not Texas State University degree recipients or are not currently enrolled at Texas State must submit one official transcript from each college or university from which credit was received. For institutions that do not use the SPEEDE service, the secure third party vendor must send the electronic transcript to firstname.lastname@example.org. If your previous colleges or universities do not have the ability to send official transcripts electronically in these formats, those transcripts must be mailed directly from the university or college attended or submitted in a sealed university envelope with the university registrar's signature on the back of the envelope to the following address (international transcripts must come directly from the main university’s Registrar’s Office):
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The Graduate College
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San Marcos, TX 78666-4684
Step 3: Download the TRP Professional Reference Form.
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Complete and submit the TRP information form in order to alert our coordinators of your intention to apply to the Teacher Recruitment Program.
ADMITTANCE TO TEACHER PREPARATION
This information is to be completed by students who have been notified by the TRP Coordinator that they have been officially accepted into the Teacher Recruitment Program.
Complete the following online forms immediately following official notification of your acceptance into TRP.
Apply to take the Masters Comprehensive Exam during the semester you will complete your last class.
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