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Two Graduate Students Receive University Recognition for Outstanding Teaching

CindyAnn Rampersad and Rachel Wannarka received Penn State 2007 Graduate Assistant Outstanding Teaching Awards.

by Katlyn McGraw (May 2007)

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Two College of Education graduate students received Penn State 2007 Graduate Assistant Outstanding Teaching Awards.

cindyrampersad_cp.jpgCindyAnn M. Rampersad, Ph.D. candidate in educational theory and policy, and Rachel E. Wannarka, Ph.D. candidate in special education, were among ten Penn State students honored with the awards. 

“It is an honor to be a recipient of the Graduate Assistant Outstanding Teaching Award,” said Rampersad. “I truly enjoy teaching and this award reaffirms my commitment and belief that teachers can have a lasting impact on the lives of their students.”

Jointly sponsored by the Graduate School and the Office of the Vice Provost and Dean for Undergraduate Education, the awards recognize graduate student teaching assistants for superior instruction in the areas of physical science and engineering, life sciences, social and behavioral sciences, and the arts and humanities. 

rachelwannarka_cp.jpg"Nothing has been more important to me in my graduate program at Penn State than the classes I have taught,” said Wannarka. “Preparing future teachers is something I take exceptionally seriously, and I'm honored and grateful to receive this recognition.”

Teaching assistants are evaluated on several teaching practices including effectiveness of their presentations, use of clear and fair evaluation procedures, accessibility to their students, and sensitivity to individual differences in the classroom.

“The thing I'm most thrilled about, however, is that the Special Education program at Penn State consistently prepares outstanding teachers who will go on to make all the difference in the world to the students who need it the most,” said Wannarka.