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Longtime UCR Extension educator retires


Longtime UCR Extension educator retires

Sue Teele is honored for her dedication to K-12 education.

(June 30, 2011)

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Sue Teele

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) -- Sue Teele is retiring after 31 years as the director of education extension, and the associate dean of academic affairs at UCR Extension.

During her tenure, Teele contributed to the professional development of thousands of K-12 teachers in the Inland region and beyond through state-approved credential programs, certificate programs, conferences, grants and staff development in-services.

“My respect and admiration for Sue has grown each year that I have been at Extension,” said Sharon Duffy, dean of UCR Extension.

Teele was presented with a joint resolution from state Senators Bob Dutton and Bill Emmerson and Assemblymen Brian Nestande and Mike Morrell upon her retirement. They acknowledged her many significant contributions to education in the region and in the state.

Teele will remain director of UCR Extension’s Advanced Placement Summer Institute for the coming year and will continue administering several grants she secured, including the Inland Area TEAMS (Teaching Excellence and Achievement in Mathematics and Science) project to reduce the achievement gap in math and science between black, Hispanic and Latino students and white students.

Teele’s strong connections within the local education community and at the state level, helps UCR Extension to continue to be ahead of the curve in terms of offering the latest credentials and authorizations approved by the state.

“Sue directed all her energy toward the work we do here and making what we do important and relevant for this area,” said Annette Webb, management services officer for education extension. “Extension and the Riverside education community will really miss her.”

Teele is renowned for her research on methods for integrating the theory of multiple intelligences into the classroom and has written several books on the subject. She received a Fulbright scholarship to teach a modified version of the certificate in the study of multiple intelligences program at Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey, in 2002.

One of her favorite research projects has been studying the habits and behaviors of pandas in an effort to gain a better understanding of how they learn and what emotions they feel.

Webb said Teele plans to become a caregiver for her mother, who lives in Oregon, and is looking forward to spending time with her husband and two granddaughters.

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