University of Houston-Clear Lake Assistant Professor of Special Education Elizabeth Beavers has been named the 2013 Teacher Educator of the Year by the Houston Area Association for the Education of Young Children.
Beavers was recognized for her service to further the education of early childhood teachers in the region.
“Through mentoring and instruction, Dr. Beavers strives to improve the quality of life for young children by providing quality teaching to the people who seek to become teachers,” says, Deborah Joy Irabor, association president.
In addition to her work at the UHCL, Beavers conducted a series of mini-training sessions for the association membership which received excellent ratings from the participants. Sessions covered such topics as building meaningful relationships in diverse, inclusive early childhood classrooms, as well as planning meaningful learning experiences for all children.
With more than 20 years of experience teaching and working with school systems, preschools, and Head Start programs in the field of early childhood special education, Beavers has served as a classroom teacher, a program coordinator, a consultant, trainer and teacher educator. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, a Master of Science in Special Education, and a doctorate in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis on early childhood and elementary education. Her areas of expertise include special education and early childhood, developmental disabilities, language and literacy development, teacher education, and instructional and intervention pedagogy.
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