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Recipients of 2009 Texas Exes Teaching Awards Presented

Posted: Feb. 24, 2009

Assistant Professor Michael Aldridge &  Assistant Instructor Martin Esquivel Pat

Assistant Professor Michael Aldridge &
Assistant Instructor Martin Esquivel Pat

School of Nursing Assistant Professor Michael Aldridge and Assistant Instructor Martin Esquivel Pat are recipients of this year’s Texas Exes Teaching Award.

Since 1982, the Texas Exes have honored a faculty member and graduate instructor in each school and college who has had a positive influence on the educational experience of university students. After accepting nominations from the student body, a student committee from each school reviews each nomination and selects the school’s recipients of the Texas Exes Teaching Award.

Each professor will receive a $1,000 award and graduate instructors will receive $500 awards.

“These awards are a way for the Texas Exes to put a spotlight on excellence in the classroom and acknowledge the critical role that faculty play on this campus,” said Jim Boon, executive director of the Texas Exes. “Selection by the students make the award that much more meaningful to the recipients.”

Aldridge jokes the number one fear of nursing students is that they will harm a patient. Their second biggest fear is of their nursing instructor. For this reason, he makes a conscious effort to be inspiring rather than intimidating and to spark excitement, not fear, in each of his students.

“Mr. Aldridge is deserving of the award because there is no doubt that he puts his whole heart into making sure every student receives the optimal learning experience,” said a student. “He gives us the boost of confidence every student needs to achieve their dreams.”

Spanish for Healthcare Professionals assistant instructor Martin Esquivel Pat says he is a teacher because it is the most fulfilling job in the world. Fulfilling, because he and his students are continuously switching roles between educator and learner, so the acquiring of new knowledge never stops.

“In the classroom he always showed patience and offered positive feedback. He encouraged all his students to take the time to think about what they’d learned in class that day, and how best to actually apply it,” said a student.