BOLIVAR, Mo. – Southwest Baptist University alumni Kayla Bobeen and Taylor Jaudes were recently recognized as two of Missouri’s Outstanding Beginning Teachers at the Missouri Association of Colleges for Teacher Education’s spring conference at the Columbia Conference Center.
MACTE is a state affiliate of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), and serves as the voice for educator preparation programs across the state. The Outstanding Beginning Teacher Awards recognize teachers in their first two years of service who demonstrate excellence in serving children in school districts across Missouri.
Fifty-nine of the approximately 8,000 teachers who were certified in the last two years were given engraved glass apples for their dedication and service to Missouri’s schools and communities. Award recipients were selected based on recommendations from Missouri’s state and nationally recognized teacher education programs and a recommendation from candidates’ school districts.
Bobeen, a 2014 graduate in elementary education, with a specialization in early childhood education, is currently teaching fourth grade at Willard East Elementary School. Jaudes, a 2014 graduate in elementary education, with a specialization in art, is currently teaching third grade at Bolivar Intermediate School.
SBU offers undergraduate degrees in elementary, middle school and secondary education, as well as master’s, specialists and doctoral degrees.
Cutline 1 (top left): (Left to right) Jennifer Fox, instructor of education, Kayla Bobeen, and Dr. Dwight Haun, SBU department of education chair; professor of education and director of teacher education.
Cutline 2 (left): (Left to right) Dr. Dwight Haun, SBU department of education chair; professor of education and director of teacher education; Dr. Julie Bryant, associate professor or education and Lewis E. Schollian chair of education; Taylor Jaudes, Jennifer Fox, instructor of education; and Dr. Kevin Schriver, dean of the college of education and social sciences and professor of psychology.