This year, NCTR is honoring their first-ever Resident of the Year. The award celebrates the hard work, diligence and enthusiasm of the candidates who are preparing for careers in teaching with one of our 25 Network Partners. For the award, we asked each of our partners to nominate one resident with the following criteria in mind:
- The candidate demonstrates a commitment to student growth and learning
- They meet, or even exceed, program requirements, thereby demonstrating effectiveness
- They exemplify the qualities of a good colleague and peer within their cohort
- They exhibit leadership skills and initiative
Each program leader submitted a short essay on the strengths and assets of their nominees. In the excerpts below (some of which were slightly edited for context and length) it is clear that the nominees bring a wide range of experience and a diverse background to their teaching.
The Dallas nominee was Angelica McGhee.
Angelica joined Dallas Teacher Residency, following a year of substitute teaching at a Title-1 elementary school in Phoenix, Arizona. Following her year of substitute teaching, Angelica was offered an opportunity to join the school as a teacher while pursuing an alternative teacher certification pathway. She chose to postpone her entry into full-time teaching in order to focus on purposeful clinical teaching and coursework that aligned theory and practice.
Having been described by her principal “as the absolute best program resident she has had the opportunity to host,” Angelica truly embodies the mission, vision, and values of the Dallas Teacher Residency. She has an innate desire to contribute to the teaching profession as a leader, has demonstrated the ability to drive student academic outcomes, and most importantly, embraces a growth mindset.
NCTR will announce the Resident of the Year Award winner on May 15 during their annual Symposium.