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John Folks to join UTSA College of Education and Human Development this fall

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(May 30, 2012) -- John M. Folks, retiring superintendent of the Northside Independent School District (NISD), will join the faculty of the UTSA College of Education and Human Development (COEHD) this fall semester.

Folks, who was named 2011 Superintendent of the Year by the Texas Association of School Boards, will be a senior lecturer in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. He will teach in the department's graduate academic and professional educational leadership programs. He also will serve in both the UTSA Superintendent Certification Program and the Center for Educational Leadership, Policy and Professional Development.

"Dr. Folks' distinguished career as a mathematics teacher, superintendent, Oklahoma State superintendent of public instruction, and School of Education dean at Southwestern Oklahoma State University will instantly elevate the already strong leadership programs in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and add to the leadership preparation experiences of students going through our programs," said Betty Merchant, dean of the College of Education and Human Development. "I am extraordinarily delighted that Dr. Folks has chosen UTSA to continue his career in education and to further advocate for a strong system of public education in Texas."

"I have followed Dr. Folks' career over the last 15 years and have been extremely impressed by his record," said UTSA President Ricardo Romo. "I am very pleased that he will be joining us, and I know that he will make a significant contribution to the next generation of educational leaders."

Folks, who began his teaching career in Port Arthur, Texas, earned his bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Oklahoma. Before his work as NISD superintendent, he was superintendent in the Spring ISD in Houston. He served as president of the Texas Association of School Administrators and is a member of the Greater Bexar County P-16 Council.

"I am very honored and proud to have the opportunity to teach graduate-level classes at UTSA," Folks said. "UTSA is a great partner of Northside ISD, and many teachers and administrators receive their preparation in the educational programs at UTSA. I am certainly happy about being involved in the preparation of school administrators and staying involved in education."

 

 

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For acclaimed UTSA writer, poetry rhymes with life

Robert Penn Warren said: “How do poems grow? They grow out of your life.” That is certainly true for Carmen Tafolla. An associate professor of practice with the UTSA College of Education and Human Development, Tafolla has authored more than 20 acclaimed books of poetry and prose, including "The Holy Tortilla and a Pot of Beans." It won the Tom´s Rivera Children’s Book Award in 2009.

Tafolla is a San Antonio native who grew up on the West Side. Attending a private high school, she realized that the literature did not positively portray her community or the people who lived there. She determined to change that in her writing. In published works for both adults and children — more than 200 anthologies, magazines, journals, textbooks and readers in four languages — Tafolla reflects on the rich Mexican-American culture of San Antonio in which she grew up.

Did you know? Tafolla was San Antonio's first Poet Laureate, from 2012 to 2014, and currently serves as the Poet Laureate of Texas.

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