Greta Schuster honored with Chancellor's Academy of Teacher Educators selection

KINGSVILLE - March 17, 2015

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Dr. Greta Schuster said she walks in the footsteps of an “awesome teacher,” her father, Dr. Michael Schuster. Both generations of Schusters were present when Greta, agronomy professor at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, was recognized as one of the newest members of the Chancellor’s Academy of Teacher Educators, an initiative of The Texas A&M University System.

“This is unbelievable. I am very honored. I never thought this would happen,” Greta Schuster said. “There are so many people who deserve this award that to me are better teachers than I am.” 

Created in 2011, the Chancellor’s Academy of Teacher Educators of the Texas A&M University System honors faculty members who have significant impact on the preparation of teachers in the field of education. The award comes with a $1,000 stipend and a special commemorative medallion to be worn as part of the recipient’s traditional academic regalia.

Schuster works in the Dick and Mary Lewis Kleberg College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences with students who will go on to be high school agriculture teachers or extension agents.

Student engagement is the key secret weapon for any good teacher, Schuster said. “The students will be enthusiastic if you can keep them engaged in the subject you are teaching. It also helps if you are excited about the subject yourself.

“I enjoy the classes I teach and when the students come prepared to learn, you have this great exchange of ideas,” she said.

Schuster has been at Texas A&M-Kingsville since 2008 and in addition to her teaching duties, has a 25 percent appointment with Agri-Life Extension. She earned her bachelor’s degree in animal science and her master’s degree in agronomy from East Texas State University and her doctorate in plant virology and plant pathology from Texas A&M University.

While at Texas A&M-Kingsville, she has received the Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Award three times and received the Senior Teaching Award, Advising Award and Junior Research Award from her college.