Media welcome at invitation-only reception for education alumni

Thursday, December 1, 2005

DENTON (UNT), Texas - In celebration of its efforts to increase the numbers of teachers with strong skills in science and mathematics, the University of North Texas will host the first annual Science and Mathematics Teacher Academy Alumni Reception on Dec. 3 (Saturday).

"After you spend an entire year with a group of people, there is such a dynamic sense of camaraderie. We really just wanted to get everyone together and renew acquaintances and do some networking as well," said Pam Lane, UNT instructor for the Science and Mathematics Teacher Academy (SAM).

Current and past academy participants will meet at the private, invitation-only reception from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Rooms 224 and 225 at the University of North Texas Dallas Campus, 8915 S. Hampton Road in Dallas. The media is welcome to attend.

The academy began at the UNT Dallas Campus in 2002 to provide advanced training for fifth-and sixth-grade teachers interested in improving their skills in teaching math and science in at-risk, low socioeconomic schools. The ultimate goal of the academy and related activities at Paul Quinn College is to assure that teachers can support students' learning of science and mathematics leading to their success in high school and college.

The academy, a joint venture of the UNT System and Paul Quinn College in Dallas, is coordinated by Tonia Walker and has received federal funding with the help of Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, Congressman Michael Burgess and Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson.

For more information about the reception or the academy, contact Walker at (940) 369-7717 or twalker@coe.unt.edu.

UNT News Service Phone Number: (940) 565-2108

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