(DEL VALLE, Texas) Del Valle High School (DVHS) students, representing the Del Valle chapter of the Texas Association of Future Educators (TAFE), received honors at the TAFE Teach Tomorrow Summit in Arlington, TX, February 16-19, 2017. Twelve Cardinals competed and placed in events designed to offer future educators exciting, authentic opportunities to measure their creativity, skills and initiative against high standards and peers from across the state.

Del Valle High School students awarded:

Blue Ribbon- Project Visualize Fundraising (Gladys Jimenez, Isbeyde Garcia, Karen Torres)
Blue Ribbon- Project Visualize Recreation (Gabbi Castillo, Libni Sanchez)
Blue Ribbon- Chapter Scrapbook (Nancy Mendoza, Maya Rodriguez, Stacy Bocanegra)
Blue Ribbon- Teacher Created Materials Elementary (Noelia Mendoza, Stacy Bocanegra)
Gold Certificate- Portfolio (Sarai Guzman)
Silver Certificate- Breakout Session (Full group event)
Silver Certificate- Educator Leadership Fundamentals Test (Maya Rodriguez)
Bronze Certificate- Educator Leadership Fundamentals Test (Nancy Mendoza)
Bronze Certificate- Educator Leadership Fundamentals Test (Gladys Jimenez)

“This is by far the most successful year that TAFE has seen since we restarted the program in Del Valle ISD in 2014,” said Katherine Carrasco, DVHS TAFE Advisor. “I am so proud of this group. They worked hard and really showed what they have been learning these last 3 years. These students showcased their knowledge of ethics, policy and procedure on the Educational Leadership Fundamentals exam, their value and commitment to the community through the Project Visualize presentations and their unity as a group in scrapbook. They also demonstrated their ability to create usable and relevant materials as educators in Teacher Created Materials and their ability to plan, present and teach an entire workshop through their break out session.”

“I also want to give special recognition to Sarai Guzman, the current TAFE president, who created an entire teaching portfolio with her own teaching philosophy, lesson plans, resume and various awards,” said Carrasco. “She was in the top eight at competition, receiving a gold certificate out of nearly 30 students in that category.”

TAFE is a statewide co-curricular Career and Technical Student Organization created to allow young men and women an opportunity to explore the teaching profession. Attendees at this four-day conference included members of TAFE, which consisted of approximately 1,700 students, interested in becoming educators. The conference gave these students the opportunity to meet others from around the state with the same interest, gain an understanding of what it takes to be a successful college student, and learn the skills necessary for becoming a successful educator.

TAFE’s mission is to encourage students to learn about careers in education and assist them in exploring the teaching profession while promoting character, service, and leadership skills necessary for becoming effective educators.

“It is my hope that the students left the conference with a greater understanding of the education field, a clear vision of how to get into college to pursue their dreams, and knowledge of what it takes to be successful in college,” said Donita Garza, TAFE State Program Director.


Recognized DVISD students include (l to r)
Dulce Perez (12th), Sarai Guzman (12th President of TAFE), Maya Rodriguez (12th Co-VP of TAFE), Nancy Mendoza (12th Co-VP of TAFE), Stacy Bocanegra(12th), Noelia Mendoza(12th), Gladys Jimenez (11th) and Karen Torres (12th).

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