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Annette Green, a senior in the elementary education bachelor's degree program at the University of Wyoming/Casper College (UW/CC) Center, received the Sue Jorgensen Excellent Student in Education award at a recent ceremony. She became the 12th recipient of the prestigious award, recognized as one of the center's highest honors bestowed upon prospective teachers.
To receive this honor, a candidate must earn a minimum 3.5 grade point average while enrolled in the elementary education degree program through the UW/CC Center, exhibit professional disposition toward mentors and peers, contribute to the education field through leadership and community service, and display a positive attitude to promote excitement and curiosity about learning. Based on these criteria, candidates are nominated and selected by the elementary education faculty and staff.
"It was incredibly humbling to receive the nomination, and then to be awarded the honor," says Green. "When you work so hard and put in so much, it is inspiring to receive the confidence from others."
Green says teaching has been a long-term goal.
"Twenty-five years ago, in high school, I knew I wanted to teach," says Green. "But I started working in business and it was sensible to get a business degree. But then I decided to follow my dream."
Green was honored with a plaque that will hang in the center's main office, featuring the names of all the award's recipients.