The Chair of Angelo State University's Department of Teacher Education, Dr. Tia Agan, has been elected as the President of the Texas Association of Teacher Educators (TxATE) for a one-year term that will run until June 2024. TxATE is a state organization that is dedicated to promoting best practices for educating and creating quality teacher candidates through professional development and research. As President, Dr. Agan will serve as the organization's official representative at state and national conferences, preside over all business meetings, coordinate all TxATE activities, and serve as a representative on the Consortium of State Organizations for Texas Teacher Education (CSOTTE) board.
Dr. Agan is not the only San Angeloan which has been awarded by TxATE over the last few months. Lisa Taiclet, a McGill Elementary teacher, was awarded the Distinguished Clinician of the Year by the organization earlier this year. When she was notified, Dr. Agan, in her role as President-elect, was one of the people who notified Taiclet.
What Dr. Agan is saying:
"It is an honor to serve as president for this incredible organization that strives to prepare the highest-quality teacher candidates in Texas who are resilient, equipped and passionate about student success. Serving in this role will also benefit the students in the ASU Department of Teacher Education as I collaborate with teacher preparation faculty across the state to gain insight into innovative practices and current research regarding full preparation of teachers."
Dr. Agan's background:
A 1999 Angelo State alumna, Agan is also an associate professor and most recently the coordinator of ASU's Master of Science in educational leadership with Texas principal certification degree program. She joined the ASU faculty in 2017 after spending five years as a field experience advisor in the ASU College of Education's Educator Preparation Information Center. Prior to joining ASU, she spent 19 years in the San Angelo Independent School District as an elementary teacher and principal, and then ultimately as principal at the former Central Freshman Campus.
Agan has published multiple journal articles, book chapters, book and journal reviews, and proceedings in state and national journals, and she has made numerous presentations on various aspects of course design and teacher preparation at local, state, regional, national and international conferences. She is also a member of the Texas Association of College Teachers, International Council of Professors of Educational Leadership, and many other state and national organizations.
Agan earned her bachelor's degree in education at Texas Christian University, her master's degree in school administration at Angelo State, and her doctorate in higher education administration at Texas Tech University