Drs. Stephen and Sue Teele Endowed Award in the Graduate School of Education Fund


SOE Dean's Office Dept D01000


Graduate Student Support

The fund will provide financial assistance for teacher credential students at UC Riverside.

Eff: 12/31/2021 - True endowment converted from endowment intent #6I0044.

General Purpose: Provides financial assistance for teacher credential students at UC Riverside.

Drs. Stephen and Sue Teele are distinguished alumni of the Graduate School of Education at UC Riverside. Both earned their doctorates in education at UCR and created notable careers in education in this region.

Dr. Stephen Teele ('84, Ph.D. education) focused his education career on administration, capping it as Superintendent of Schools in Hemet, California. He formerly served as Superintendent of the Perris Union High School District and served on the state Fiscal Crisis and Management Team. He has held many distinguished positions, including Board of Directors and Chair, Central County United Way; Governing Board, San Jacinto Academy; Consultant, School Facilities Planning and Management; Hemet-San Jacinto Valley Exchange Club; Board of Directors for the Hemet-San Jacnito Valley Chamber of Commerce; Board of Directors for the Valley Economic Development Corporation; and President, Association of California School Administrators, Region 12 (Riverside and San Bernardino counties)

Dr. Sue Teele ('94, Ph.D. education) has been a classroom teacher in the Rialto Unified School District. She served as a member of the Redlands Unified School District Board of Education for 12 years. She also served for 31 years as Associate Dean and Director of Education Extension at UCR, where she administered over 850 courses annually to over 10,000 educators per year. In this role, she also supervised eighteen state approved credential programs, twenty-five certificate programs, and over 200 staff development in-services at school sites. Dr. Teele was presented with a joint resolution from state Sens. Bob Dutton and Bill Emmerson, and Assemblymen Brian Nestande and Mike Morrell upon her retirement.

Drawn from her doctoral research into multiple intelligences, Dr. Teele created a spatial inventory entitled The Teele Inventory for Multiple Intelligence (TIMI), which is used in over 10,000 locations and in 45 countries. She has written five books including The Multiple Intelligences School: A Place For All Students to Succeed, and Rainbows of Intelligences: Exploring How Students Learn. Her newest book is entitled Overcoming Barricades to Reading: A Multiple Intelligence Approach.

Dr. Teele received a Fullbright Scholarship to teach at Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey, where she taught a modified version of the Certificate in the Study of Multiple Intelligences. Dr. Teele has taught in Japan at a residential multiple intelligences international school, and presented in Italy at an international conference. In 2015, upon her retirement, she established an endowed scholarship fund to benefit education students in University Extension, the Dr. Sue Teele Education Extension Award Endowed Fund.

Criteria and Selection Process:
The award shall be used to provide support for students meeting the following criteria:
- Have financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASA).
- Maintain good academic standing wiith the university, i.e, having a cumulative GPA of 3.0 in the current program.
- Are pursuing a teaching credential at UCR's School of Education.
- Have a desire to teach in Riverside or San Bernardino counties following graduation.

With all criteria considered, the award should be made at the discretion of the Credential Program Director and/or the School of Education Dean or designee.

In years when there is no suitable candidate who meets the criteria, awards will be held until the following year.