Teaching Excellence Awards

 Year Awarded: 2010

Faculty Award winner

Judit Szente

 College of Education

 Child, Family, and Community Sciences

I believe that all students have the potential to be successful, and I look for ways to reach them through constructivist learning methods, multisensory experiences, multiple intelligences, and reflective practice. My passion for providing students with global perspectives leads me to tie my research expertise in international education with my teaching and service activities (e.g., United Nations Representative, research on refugee/immigrant children’s development).

I view connecting theory with practice crucial in all my courses. For example, through transforming one of my early childhood courses into a university sanctioned service-learning class, my students have the opportunity to provide school-based academic enrichment opportunities for culturally/linguistically diverse children in K-3 settings in Central Florida. To date, my students have dedicated over 3,000 hours of service to area schools. In addition to my students, over the past 5 years, I have dedicated over 290 hours of service to area schools and stayed current in the life of PreK-Grade 3 settings.

I view continuous reflection (both my own and that of my students) essential to evaluate my performance as a professor. Based on such reflections, I continuously revise my courses to make sure they provide current information and research to my students. I also highly value educational technology and I infuse it in all my courses. I am trained to develop and implement online/partially online courses and I am dedicated to assist my students with becoming familiar with online learning environments.

In summary, I believe that my main responsibility is to prepare quality early-childhood professionals who will become advocates for the wellbeing and education of our children around the world.