A sampling of faculty, staff, student and alumni happenings:
At least five alumni have won Principal/Administrator of the Year awards for 2020-21: Samantha Brooks, Edgar Contreras, Erica Gil, Jerri Nixon and Kylene Vasquez. A sixth Coog, David Graham, won Administrator of the Year.
At least eight alumni won Beginning/Rookie Teacher of the Year awards from their schools for 2020-21: Guadalupe Banda, Tierra Harris, Rosa Ontiveros, Maria Reveles, Jordan Shaw, Ebonee Thomas, Vanessa Trejo and Jessica Van Cleave. A ninth Coog, Hussein Pacha, won his school’s Teacher of the Year Award.
Four faculty members earned UH Teaching Excellence Awards for 2020-21: Clinical Assistant Professor Justin Burris, Clinical Associate Professor Susie Gronseth, Assistant Professor Ruth M. López and Rosenda Murillo (honored as an Undergraduate Research Mentor Award winner).
Associate Dean Ezemenari Obasi, who directs the UH HEALTH Research Institute, won a UH Excellence in Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity Award for 2020-21.
Mark McMahon, a doctoral student in the professional leadership – K-12 program, has been awarded the Governance Research Encouraging Achievement in Texas scholarship from the Texas Association of School Boards.