A&M-Texarkana and Texas A&M System Fellowship Grows Local Talent to Lead Local Schools

Charlotte Williams, Superintendent, QCISD Dr. Trisha Ray, Ad-Interim Professor of Professional Practice, TAMUT Dr. Abbie Strunc, Assistant Professor of Education and Chair of Teacher Education, TAMUT Kennedy Giles (daughter) Amy Giles, TAMUT We Teach Texas Leadership Fellow, Art Teacher, Queen City High School Dr. Del Doughty, Dean of the College of Arts, Sciences, and Education, TAMUT Dr. Emily Cutrer, President, TAMUT

Amy Giles is Texas A&M University-Texarkana’s selection for the first-ever We Teach Texas Leadership Fellow Scholarship. Giles, an art teacher at Queen City High School, received her Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from A&M-Texarkana in 2015. As a recipient of the We Teach Texas Leadership Fellow Scholarship, she will pursue a Master of Science degree in Educational Administration from Texas A&M University-Texarkana. She will also attend the chancellor’s conference, participate in an advisory committee, and be a positive advocate for education.

The idea behind the We Teach Texas Leadership Fellow Scholarship is simple: find talented local teachers who are invested in their communities and groom them into academic and administrative leaders capable of guiding their local school districts to success. “Dedicated teachers like Amy Giles are working hard every day to enable students in our public schools to be successful and well prepared for their future,” said Elaine Mendoza, Chair of The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents. “The We Teach Texas Leadership Fellow Scholarship is how we recognize and invest in these educators to grow our own local talent.”

“We are thrilled to award the first Leadership Fellow Scholarship at A&M-Texarkana to Amy Giles,” said TAMUT President Dr. Emily Cutrer. “When the selection committee began the process of evaluating students it was clear that Amy was exactly who we were looking for. She is a hard-working, dedicated educator who is herself a product of the district where she currently teaches. She’s working towards her administrator’s certificate so she can continue to make a difference in the lives of Queen City Students, which is precisely what the We Teach Texas initiative is all about.”

Only one recipient was selected for the We Teach Texas Leadership Fellow Scholarship from each of the 11 Texas A&M University System campuses across the state. The Texas A&M University System is ranked No. 1 in Texas in the production of initial educator certificates and has been providing highly qualified teachers for Texas schools for more than 100 years.


About Texas A&M University-Texarkana:

As a member of The Texas A&M University System, Texas A&M University-Texarkana is a comprehensive regional university that provides students with academically challenging, engaging and rewarding educational experiences through quality teaching, scholarship, student support services, co-curricular programming, research and service.

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