Betsy Anne Ferrer, a graduate teaching assistant who studies teacher education in the Michigan State University College of Education, was awarded an Excellence-in-Teaching Citation at the All-University Awards Convocation 2012. This award is given to graduate teaching assistants who have distinguished themselves by the care they have given and the skill they have shown in meeting their classroom responsibilities. It is supported by the MSU Foundation.
At the convocation, MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon congratulated Ferrer, along with the other honorees, and saluted their contributions to the university’s excellence. Ferrer, a doctoral student in the Curriculum, Instruction and Teacher Education program, has a passion for teaching through the arts and making sure she meets the learning needs of all her students.
Ferrer has worked with MSU pre-service English teachers, James Madison undergraduates through the Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Teaching Fellowship, the Alliance for Catholic Education program at the University of Notre Dame and vocational arts students in Western Kenya. In each of these settings, Ferrer challenged and inspired students to actively engage with learning and to consider new possibilities.
One of her students said, “She found a variety of ways to make class meaningful, including the use of inspiring quotes, encouraging words, personal connections to the curriculum and time spent talking to students personally. As Betsy transformed our thinking, convincing us that we can change the lives of our students, she unknowingly was changing our lives, as well.”
The convocation was held on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012 at the Wharton Center.