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UH Sugar Land Student Teachers Celebrate City's 50th Anniversary

Sugar Land Student Teachers with Program Coordinator

UH teacher candidates from our Sugar Land teacher preparation program (pictured left: Lindsay O’Dell, Megan Durio, Megan Griffin, Diane Jerome,   Mollie Matak, Cydney Martin, Marilyn Woody and Alycia Taylor) designed and developed curriculum based lesson plans on the history of Sugar Land to help the community celebrate its 50th anniversary. Friday, October 23rd, these teacher candidates presented their curriculum to community members at the Fort Bend ISD Community Connect Conference. Led by Sugar Land program manager Diane Jerome, these seven teacher candidates shared the standards-based lessons they had written—designed in versions for both teachers and parents in a true home-school collaboration. Their presentation was well-received by the audience. These ladies represented the UH College of Education and the UH Teacher Education program well!  Read more below about their story.

Sugar Land QUEST for History 

Contributing writers Dr. Melissa Pierson, Marisa Ramirez-

The history of Sugar Land, Texas has the fingerprints of teacher candidates from the University of Houston.  Students from the UH Teacher Education program at the UH Sugar Land campus designed and developed curriculum based on the history of Sugar Land.  The project coincided with the community’s  50th anniversary celebration. 

Led by Sugar Land program coordinator Diane Jerome, the candidates presented their curriculum to community members at the Fort Bend Independent School District’s Community Connect Conference, which offers parents sessions providing knowledge, skills, and resources that will strengthen the Fort Bend ISD Community.  The teacher candidates shared the standards-based lessons they had written which was designed in versions for both teachers and parents who home school.  Here are examples of the lesson plan topics.

  • Health Education - Pride in self and exploring healthy food options
    • Learn about healthy food options, some of Sugar Land’s earliest food crops and places to find healthy and diverse foods in our community
  • Interdisciplinary: Art, Music, Technology Applications, Theatre - Reaching Our destinations
    • Explore individual differences, disabilities and how our community impacts us. Take a field trip to City Hall or a shopping center, have a scavenger hunt to explore how our community accommodates our different needs

Patricia B. Pollicoff, Communications Director for the City of Sugar Land, was instrumental in posting the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) compliant lesson plans and parent/child activities created by the UH Teacher Education students on the city’s main website during their celebration. 

“The students here in Sugar Land donated an extraordinary amount of time to partner with us on our collective 50th anniversaries.”  Pollicoff said, referring to the shared anniversaries of both Sugar Land and Fort Bend ISD.

Students in the UH Teacher Education Program learn to teach with the latest research-based strategies and modern technologies from a world-class faculty. Our future teachers participate in early and continued field experiences, doing the real work of teachers in real schools. The success of the program is evidenced by the excellent lesson plans and activities designed by Lindsay O’Dell, Megan Durio, Megan Griffin, Diane Jerome,  Mollie Matak, Cydney Martin, Marilyn Woody and Alycia Taylor.