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Linda Hammon & Dr. Jo Beth Oestreich

Linda Hammon, MaryBeth Booth Award for Outstanding Service by an Extramural Educator

Recipients of the award, given annually at the Texas State Geography Alumni Reunion and Student Celebration, are educators who have a history of preparing their students for success at Texas State Geography.

Linda Hammon has been teaching geography for more than 38 years. She has taught 9th-grade Pre-AP Geography, AP Human Geography, and AP Art History; was an adjunct lecturer at Texas State University teaching Geography of Africa in the Honors College and World Regional Geography in the Geography department, and teaches APHG at Canyon High School in Comal ISD. Linda worked closely with the Texas Alliance for Geographic Education as co-editor of its newsletter for six years, was a member of the steering committee, and a teacher consultant for more than eleven years.
 
Ms. Hammon has been a College Board consultant for nineteen years and a reader for the APHG exam for thirteen. She has received numerous honors including the National Council for Geographic Education Distinguished Teaching award, National Council for Geographic Education/CRAM awards for exemplary classroom teaching, the Comal Independent School District Secondary Teacher of the Year award, Austin ISD High School Teacher of the Year award, the Southwest Texas State University Geography Distinguished Alumni award and the Texas Alliance for Geographic Education’s Distinguished Service award. In addition, for the last 6 years she has been recognized as one of Comal ISD’s most influential teachers by a Canyon High School graduating senior. Linda holds a BS in geography and art and a M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction and applied geography.
 

Dr. Jo Beth Oestreich, Richard Wayne Simmons Geography Advocate Award

The Richard Wayne Simmons Geography Advocate Award was created to honor the memory of Richard and his untiring advocacy for the Department of Geography. He was an outspoken missionary, consistently preaching the benefits of pursuing a degree in geography at Texas State University.

Dr. Jo Beth Oestreich is a senior lecturer in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction and the Department of Geography at Texas State. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science from Texas Lutheran University, a Master of Applied Geography from Texas State University, and a doctorate from The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Oestreich taught high school for ten years before transitioning to higher education. She dedicates her energy to her passion for geography education and is committed to supporting geographic literacy in K-12 schools. Her professional and personal work is dedicated to improving the quality and quantity of geography education. From developing innovative lesson plans to hosting Family Geography Nights to sharing these experiences by presenting sessions at local, state, national, and international conferences, Dr. Oestreich supports
geography education 24-7. Dr. Oestreich has worked with the Texas Alliance for Geographic Education for thirty years and continues to support geography education in both the Department of Geography and in Department of Curriculum and Instruction, supporting future teachers.
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