CFISD teachers complete UH cohort program, earn Master’s degrees

December 19, 2017

CFISD teachers complete UH cohort program, earn Master’s degrees
Eleven CFISD educators and one Tomball ISD teacher recently completed their Master of Education in Administration and Supervision from the University of Houston, graduating Dec. 15 through a cohort program and partnership between CFISD and the university. Graduates in the front row are Jamie Enriquez (left), Jennifer Flores, Bryttani Jefferson, Paloma Moreno, Stephanie Ingvardsen and Kathryn McGuire. Graduates in the back row are J.J. Leal (left), Courtney Perry, Shannon Weatherford, Caroline Williams, Jane’t Johnson and Cass Ingvardsen.

Dec. 19, 2017—Eleven CFISD teachers completed their Master of Education in Administration and Supervision from the University of Houston, graduating Dec. 15 and putting an exclamation point on a partnership between the district and university.

Designed by UH’s College of Education, the cohort program is based on a collective work of higher education students who progress through an academic program together. Cohorts can benefit students by providing academic and logistical support to complete program requirements in a timely fashion. In addition, this program was also administered at CFISD facilities, giving students access to support and the inner workings of a school district setting they may not get in a traditional classroom setting.

The Master’s program helps prepare students to be educational leaders and was completed in one calendar year – students began in the spring of 2017 and progressed through the program until graduation in December. Eleven CFISD teachers and another from Tomball ISD were in the program.

“The UH cohort is an amazing opportunity for anyone seeking professional growth and guidance,” said Caroline Williams, a fifth-grade math teacher at Jowell Elementary School. “The program is the perfect mixture of university content and district experience.

“My favorite part of the cohort experience has to be the relationships that have been created. The cohort helped me to build relationships with other professionals and create a network of support within the district that will last a lifetime.”

Said Kathryn McGuire, a dyslexia liaison and teacher at Bleyl Middle School: “The educators that were my classmates are now my lifelong friends.  They became my sparring partners as we practiced leadership scenarios and provided constructive feedback and inspiration to each other.  My professors provided learning opportunities that have prepared me to hit the ground running as an administrator on day one.”

The degree fulfills requirements for the Texas Standard Principal Certificate.

Joining UH faculty in helping serve as instructors for the cohort were Dr. Carla Bronsnahan, assistant superintendent of elementary administration, Clint Vick, director of instruction at Dean Middle School, and Dr. Glenda Horner, director for staff development.

“I am very blessed to receive my master’s degree from my alma mater through a program connected to the district I grew up in and am now employed by,” said Jane’t Johnson, a secondary math curriculum coach. “I learned so much about the district and was very honored to share this experience with other CFISD employees and one from Tomball ISD because I have gained valuable friendships.”

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