Students featured on Houston ABC affiliate

January 28, 2014
School of Education Students

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — Eighteen University of Wisconsin-Platteville School of Education students were recently featured on ABC-affiliate KTRK-TV in Houston, Texas for their work student teaching pre-school students in Aldine, Texas. The story aired on Jan. 16.

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The UW-Platteville students spent two weeks teaching at the Hinojosa Early Childhood and Pre-Kindergarten Center in Aldine, a fast-growing suburb on the edge of Houston. This hands-on teaching opportunity provided invaluable classroom experience and secured an early childhood endorsement for the university students and provided additional classroom support for the pre-K students.

There are currently 600 4-year-olds at the Hinojosa Early Childhood and Pre-Kindergarten Center and 68,000 students in the Aldine School District.

“I was very proud of the UW-Platteville students for representing UW-Platteville in such an outstanding way,” said Nan Welch, lecturer in UW-Platteville’s School of Education, who led the trip. “This was an intense teaching experience and it was rewarding to watch the student teachers gain confidence every day they were with the students. This experience truly transformed student teachers into teachers. Many teachers and leaders in the Aldine School District thanked us for forming such positive relationships with their students and providing excellent education for them.”

UW-Platteville has partnered with the Aldine School District for more than 10 years. A substantial percentage of UW-Platteville students who student teach at the Hinojosa Early Childhood and Pre-Kindergarten Center apply to become teachers in that district.

Welch stated that the Aldine School District is actively recruiting new teachers. Last year, it had more than 600 teacher openings.

Contact: Nan Welch, lecturer, School of Education, (608) 342-1317,
Written by: Laurie Hamer, College of Liberal Arts and Education, (608) 342-6191,


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