Dr. Kristi Costello, assistant professor of English and director of the Writing Program and Writing Center, has been named 2016 English Teacher of the Year for College Education by the Arkansas Council of Teachers of English and Language Arts (ACTELA). An affiliate of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), ACTELA is a non-profit professional organization dedicated to celebrating and improving the teaching and learning of English and the language arts at all levels of education.
Since 2004, outstanding English and Language Arts teachers have been identified and honored annually by ACTELA. Judging is conducted by a panel of ACTELA Board members. The panel considers the nominees’ lifelong teaching, professionalism, and service, with emphasis on recent achievements.
Costello’s award was presented at the ACTELA Fall Luncheon at Little Rock’s Marriott Hotel. Costello was introduced to the educators and others attending the luncheon, which is held during the annual Arkansas Curriculum Conference.
Costello said she joined A-State because of the pride she felt on campus while visiting.
“When I came here for my campus visit, it felt like I passed very few students who were not sporting A-State gear and I didn’t meet a single faculty member who didn’t genuinely seem to love what they do,” Costello said. “I had other offers, but I chose A-State because A-State is a great school and there are faculty, students, and staff who are working tirelessly every day to make it even better. Who could not want to be a part of that?”
To read Costello’s bio, visit this link.