Celebration of Teaching

Each year at SJSU, the Lurie College of Education hosts the Celebration of Teaching. During the Spring 2021 semester, we asked local middle school teachers, high school teachers, community college faculty, and SJSU faculty to nominate students that possess the qualities to become transformative future educators. Congratulations to the 41 nominees who have been recognized and awarded with a $1000 scholarship towards any Lurie College credential program - watch the video above to learn about our awardees!

  • 0:00​ - Congratulations, everyone!
  • 0:10​ - High school awardees
  • 0:35​ - Community college awardees
  • 3:11​ - San José State awardees

Meet an Awardee: Alberto Camacho

Alberto Camacho

Alberto Camacho, ’20 English, ’21 Teaching Credential, can remember the names of all of the influential teachers in his life — from his preschool teacher, “Mr. E,” to his Chicana and Chicano Studies professor Marcos Pizzaro, associate dean of the Connie L. Lurie College of Education. 

He recalls Mr. E teaching him “e for effort” almost as clearly as he remembers Pizarro honoring him at the spring 2019 Celebration of Teaching event, where Camacho was recognized for his teaching potential and awarded a $1,000 scholarship. 

“My teachers had an impact; they genuinely wanted the best for their kids, and that’s what I want to do in the classroom,” said Camacho, who is completing his student teaching at Silver Creek High School in San José this spring. 

“I want the best for my kids, their families and their communities. It is thanks to my teachers that I feel this way — they planted the seed.”

Read the full story by Julia Halprin Jackson on the SJSU Newsroom blog.

Meet an Awardee: Henry Fan

Celebration of Teaching Recipient Henry Fan

Henry Fan was a student at Foothill College and transferred to SJSU, where he now studies computer science and plans to become an educator. Henry recently received a grant from the Lurie College of Education to attend the annual CA STEAM Symposium - listen about his experiences below!

Meet an Awardee: Vinson Vũ

Celebration of Teaching Recipient Vivian Vu

Vinson Vũ was a student at Evergreen Valley High School and enrolled at SJSU, where they now study business administration and plan to become an educator.  Vinson was recently selected as a speaker at the Lurie College of Education's Future of Learning Summit - listen to Vinson's talk below!

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