MAY 20, 2009

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Cameron Elementary Education Student Named 2009 DaVinci/Martin Scholar

Photo of CU student Melody Tyler, Dr. Robinson and Dr. Vanderslice.
Cameron University student Melody Tyler (center) is congratulated by Dr. Lynda Robinson, associate professor of education (left) and Dr. Ronna Vanderslice, dean of education and behaviorial sciences (right) upon her selection as a 2009 DaVinci/Martin Scholar.

Cameron University senior Melody Tyler, an elementary education major from Waurika, has been named a 2009 DaVinci/Martin Scholar by The DaVinci Institute, a private partnership of leaders in higher education across the state of Oklahoma. One of six DaVinci/Martin Scholars selected in the state, she will receive $3,000 from The DaVinci Institute in her first year of teaching in Oklahoma.

“Melody is an excellent student who strives to learn as much as she can so that when she becomes a teacher, she will be able to meet the needs of all students,” says Dr. Lynda Robinson, associate professor of education. “Melody truly believes that all students can learn. Her goal is to reach and teach each and every child. Her dedication and high standards for both herself and children will make her an excellent teacher!”

Tyler, a non-traditional student, ended her 20-year career in insurance in 2006 to become a full-time student at CU. She will graduate in fall 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in elementary education.

The DaVinci/Martin Scholar award is designed to honor pre-service teachers whose academic accomplishments and service to the university are deemed notable.Winners were determined using four criteria: GPA, Service Learning proposal, a letter of nomination and creativity. Tyler’s service learning proposal, “Teaching Alphabet Skills to Emergent Readers,” would create a collaboration between community volunteers, parents and caregivers.

The DaVinci Scholars program was established in 2003 to recognize outstanding teacher education graduates from Oklahoma colleges and universities who are exemplified by their creative teaching methods and potential to influence their students.