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Higher Education
University of Houston - Clear Lake
News Release
Friday, December 16, 2011

UH-Clear Lake School of Education 2011 Outstanding Students Named

HOUSTON — University of Houston-Clear Lake graduate student Kristen L. Foxley and undergraduate Sarah Bennett were named recipients of the prestigious Dr. Patricia Potter Wilson School of Education Outstanding Graduate and Undergraduate Student Scholarships.

“We’re pleased to recognize these two highly, commendable students, both of whom have excelled academically and provided exemplary examples of leadership on campus and within the community,” says School of Education Dean Dennis Spuck.

Foxley graduated this December 2011 with a Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction. Currently a full time faculty member at San Jacinto College – Central Campus, she was instrumental in starting the college’s successful CHARM (commitment, history, accountability, resources and mastery) initiative providing special assistance to students struggling with developmental mathematics classes. 

She also serves on the San Jacinto College Mathematics Research and Development Team, a group charged with writing curriculum for and teaching a pilot course aimed at accelerating student completion of college preparation courses.

In addition, Foxley has recently been appointed to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s Developmental Education Advisory Committee. Her term begins in January 2012; she will be evaluating and making recommendations for current developmental education programs, as well as reviewing the Texas Success Initiatives rules and assessments, and other proposed legislative actions.

Foxley is recognized as a campus leader and is known for her willingness to try new approaches.

“It’s sometimes scary to try something new,” she admits. “If you try it, and make the necessary adaptions that you have to, you can make it work.”

Bennett, an international student from Britain, is working toward a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with EC-6 Generalist Certification (Reading Concentration). She takes an active role in several campus organizations including serving as membership chair for the Kappa Delta Pi and treasurer of the Student Council for Exceptional Children.

She is a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success. A student worker at the UH-Clear Lake Pearland Campus library, Bennett has also signed on to be a UH-Clear Lake Orientation Leader for New Student Orientations. She anticipates completing her studies in December 2012.

Bennett looks forward to her days as a classroom teacher, and recognizes the importance of leadership in that role.

“Leadership is subtle, yet powerful,” she says. “You don’t tell people what to do; you guide them along the way. You lead by example.” 

By acting as a role model in the classroom, Bennett hopes to inspire her future students to become leaders within their own community.

The endowment creating the awards was established 14 years ago by UH-Clear Lake School of Education Associate Professor Emerita Patricia Potter Wilson and her husband, Wendell Wilson, a retired captain for Delta Airlines.

Foxley and Bennett were each presented a plaque by the Wilsons with UH-Clear Lake President William A. Staples, Dean Spuck, family, and friends in attendance. The two winners’ names have also been added to a permanent wall plaque on display in Dean Spuck’s office suite.

The endowment creating the awards was established 14 years ago by the Wilsons.

Wilson, a retired educator, is also a community leader, business owner and author. She frequently serves as a member of various organizations and boards in Houston and the Clear Lake area. Wendell Wilson is also an avid community supporter, who enjoys working as a volunteer for non-profit organizations in the Clear Lake and Galveston areas.

University of Houston-Clear Lake’s School of Education offers course work and field experiences toward more than 65 different degree or certification programs, including one doctoral program, eight master’s programs, six professional certificates and the teacher certification program, certifying in more than 40 specializations and teaching fields. For more information about the School of Education, visit

Photo: University of Houston-Clear Lake recognized its Dr. Patricia Potter Wilson School of Education Outstanding Student Scholarship recipients, undergraduate student Sarah Bennett and graduate student Kristen Foxley. The winners were selected based on academic performance and demonstrated leadership capabilities. The endowment creating the awards was established 14 years ago by UH-Clear Lake School of Education Associate Professor Emerita Patricia Potter Wilson and her husband, Wendell Wilson, a retired captain for Delta Airlines. Pictured are (l to r): Patricia Potter Wilson, Bennett, Foxley and Wendell Wilson.

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