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CCCCD Student Named Teacher Of The Year

CCCCD Student Named Teacher Of The Year

JULY 19, 2002 - Aimee Bartis, a first-year middle school teacher in Nevada, Texas, has been named teacher of the year by fellow faculty and staff at Community ISD. Bartis is a current enrollee in the Teacher Certification Program at Collin County Community College District.

In fall 2000, Collin County Community College District became the first two-year college in the nation to offer a teacher certification program. This program prepares industry professionals and current educators to become certified teachers in Texas secondary schools. Bartis is one of the earliest graduates of the program.

During her first year as a teacher, Bartis taught fourth through eighth grade gifted and talented students, and sixth grade technology students. She has about 50 students in the gifted and talented classes, and about 120 students in the other. In addition to teaching, she also helped with the CMS dance team; next year, she will be its director.

"I really enjoyed the program at CCCCD," said Bartis. "It was a lot quicker than going to a four-year university. At a university, I would still be in class, instead of in the classroom."

Bartis graduated from Rockwall high school in 1992, earned a bachelor of science degree in counseling from East Texas State in 1996, and a master's of education from Texas A&M University in 1998. She entered the CCCCD Teacher Certification Program in January 2001, and will complete the program this summer.

Bartis's mother, Sue Gheen, was the one that directed her daughter to the CCCCD program. "I saw a notice [about teacher prep] in the Wylie newspaper," said Gheen, "and suggested that Aimee look into the program. I am very glad that she did. She seems to have found her calling in life.... I am very proud of her accomplishment."