Charlotte Mendoza, professor of education, has received the 2012 Distinguished Teacher Educator Award from the Association of Teacher Educators. The award recognizes and honors an individual who has advanced the field of teacher education in the United States. It is given to one faculty member each year, and this marks the first time it has been received by someone teaching in a liberal arts college.
Mendoza was nominated by faculty from throughout the United States. The award is determined by a national awards committee and is based upon letters of support from faculty and students, course evaluations, documentation of program design and development, and evidence of collaboration.
Mendoza directs Colorado College’s elementary teacher education program, teaches courses on elementary and secondary literacy and elementary social studies and language arts, teaches elective courses on contemporary issues in education and on globalization and education, and directs both the international student teaching program and the college’s summer program for gifted children.
She has served in a variety of capacities in the organization, including as chair of national committees (Resolutions, Nominations and Elections), as a member of the Board of Directors representing higher education, and as national president. She was also elected president of the Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education and served on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. She currently serves as president of the Colorado Association of Teacher Educators and its higher education delegate to the national delegate assembly.