Two graduating students have moved to the head of the class in the University of Houston-Victoria School of Education & Human Development.
Bachelor’s degree candidate Elizabeth Garcia of Houston and master’s degree candidate Kabrina Johnson of Katy will be recognized at UHV’s fall commencement ceremony Saturday at the Leonard E. Merrell Center in Katy.
Every semester, the faculty of UHV’s four schools choose at least one bachelor’s and one master’s candidate as outstanding students who are recognized during commencement ceremonies for their accomplishments.
Johnson is earning her master’s degree in curriculum and instruction with a reading specialist and master reading teacher certification. It is her second master’s degree. She will earn her third in administration and supervision from UHV in May.
“I get bored very easily, so I need lots of options,” Johnson said. Johnson works as a an instructional coordinator at Bonham Elementary in Houston and hopes to become a master reading teacher, where she will work with students and other teachers to improve reading skills across her campus.
Based on her experiences at UHV, she offered a bit of advice to other students.
“Get into your routine, and stick to it,” she said. “If you need assistance, find somebody who can help you with it.”
UHV faculty members are always willing to help, Johnson said.
Garcia will graduate with her degree in interdisciplinary studies with a special education certification.
“I enjoy working with children, especially children with special needs,” Garcia said. “I think I can make a difference in helping them reach their full potential.”
She has the additional distinction of being the first person in her immediate family to graduate from college.
“For me, when I graduated high school, it wasn’t an option to stop,” she said. “I just kept going to school.”
That included summer school every year, she said.
“I think it’s important to be a lifelong learner,” she said. “That’s why I’m very school oriented.”
“I know both of these fine students will do great things for children across our region,” said Lawrence Rossow, dean of the UHV School of Education & Human Development. “They will be wonderful representatives of our school and university.”