Sharon O’Neal, Texas State University associate professor, was named the 2012 “College Teacher of the Year” at the 47th annual Texas Council of Teachers of English Language Arts Conference and Exhibition on Jan. 20.
The conference, titled “Nurturing Lifelong Learning,” was at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in San Antonio Jan. 20-22.
O’Neal, teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in the field of Curriculum and Instruction at Texas State’s Round Rock campus. She also leads the Central Texas Writing Project Summer Institute. She received a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Texas in 1972, a master’s degree in reading education from the University of Alabama in 1977 and in 1982 gained a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from the University of Texas. She has served as a leader of teacher-educators in Texas through her work with the Texas Council of Teachers of English Language Arts Conference and Exhibition, the Texas Education Agency, and the Texas State Reading Association and the Texas Association for the Improvement of Reading. According to Texas State, these positions have allowed O’Neal to help teachers make statewide curricular decisions. O’Neal has also helped organize and present new ways to engage children in literature and in considering challenging ideas.
The Texas Council of Teachers of English Language Arts Conference and Exhibition is an organization intended to advance literacy among Texas students by developing a network of professionals, providing research-based professional development and transforming public understanding of the connection between teacher knowledge and student learning.
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