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  • I am looking forward to working with and learning from mentors that are doing what I am dreaming of doing one day soon.
  • I hope to teach my future students to connect to each other through their various cultures and arts.
  • I believe that children in urban schools need wonderful teachers who are passionate, dedicated, and excited.
  • I hope to gain more strength and wisdom in my own life as an educator and as a human being.
  • I currently strive to change society to be more accepting of people with differences.
  • I believe that educators can make a difference.
  • Participating in the UTPA will allow me to learn the required skills to become an effective teacher in this type of setting.
  • I want to know that I am doing the best job I can when I get into the teaching field.
  • A teacher molds a child into the person they want to become.
  • I think the Academy will be a stepping stone towards a better prepared educator.
  • I believe the UTPA can empower me.

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The Urban Teacher Preparation Academy is a one-of-a-kind, urban-needs focused teacher preparation program for candidates driven to make a difference in the urban teaching environment.  UTPA trains teacher candidates from University of Central Oklahoma and the University of Oklahoma; a consortium that partners with Oklahoma City Public Schools to provide unique learning experiences and personal growth opportunities for pre-service and new teachers.

Urban Teacher Preparation Academy:


Applications are available every August for those candidates who are ready to student teach in the fall semester

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UTPA Cohort #4

UTPA Cohort Group 4

DeJuan Naff (UCO), Barbara Gonzales (UCO), Karen Brown (UCO), Elizabeth Wilkins (OU), Kira Roth (OU), Heather Berry (UCO), Teneisha Baker (UCO), Daniel Saunders (UCO), Brooke Lee (OU), Teresa Anderson (UCO), Alonna Price (UCO), and Megan Teer (UCO)

UTPA Cohort #3

UTPA Cohort 3

Dr. James Machell(CEPS Dean), Jasmine Smith, Jennifer Reinhardt, Nikki Waller, Brandy Ledesma, Billy Jack Elles, Kimberly Hunt, Jacqueline Foster, Karl Springer(Superintendent, Oklahoma City Public Schools), Lindsay Pfaff, Nicole Foust, Heather Perry, Tiffany Leach and Jennifer Lopez

UTPA Cohort #2

UTPA Cohort Group 2

Robyn Hilger-Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools, Genise Morgan, Corbie Jackson, Samaya Brown, Shannon Larsen, Vivian Le, Candise Chastka, Dina Torres, Cendy Hansen, Courtney Swain, Kelsee Dyess, Adrian Rosado, and Kristen Richardson

UTPA Cohort #1

UTPA Cohort Group 1


Stephanie Cammack, Jessica Martinez, Sherri Drwenski, Stacey Garcia, JaRod Richardson, Rebecka Binion, Sharyce Williasm and Natalie York