The annual California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE) Conference was held in Sacramento this past week, from 3/28-3/31. Five aspiring bilingual teachers were selected to receive teachership awards this year (see page 221 for all awardees); three of the five recipients were from UCI’s School of Education MAT program. Margarita Rodriguez, Karina Calderón and Jennifer Chavez-Lanza (from left to right) were recognized at the annual awards luncheon held on Thursday, 3/29/18.
This isn’t the only year UCI MAT candidates have been recognized. Past recipients of the award are now bilingual teachers at various dual language immersion programs. In total, including recent recipients, nine have received this prestigious honor. Some, like Megan Gibbs and Marco Castillo, recipients of a teachership award in 2014, are strong advocates in the field and have mentored countless bilingual undergraduates from UCI. Megan is also a master teacher for many UCI bilingual student teachers enrolled in the MAT program. They both teach at Gates Elementary School, a well known two-way Spanish immersion school and strong partner school for many bilingual UCI students completing fieldwork hours at the graduate and undergraduate level in the School of Education.
This year’s recipients were allowed free admittance to the conference. They had the opportunity to attend many workshops and meet many well known individuals in the field of bilingual education.
Yvonne Estling, principal of Gates Elementary School, was also in attendance at the conference. All three award recipients from UCI are completing their student teaching in two-way Spanish immersion classrooms at Gates in Lake Forest. The principal is hosting seven bilingual student teachers from UCI this year.