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UTEP's Alternative Certification Program

Host Louie Saenz welcomes Haley Richardson and Dr. Heather Click Cuellar with the Alternative Certification program at UTEP. The Program is a pathway for those who have a Bachelor's Degree or higher to become certified to teach PreK — in Texas Public Schools.

UTEP’s Miner Teacher Residency Alternative Certification Program combines research-based approaches to curriculum planning, classroom management, and effective instruction with intensive coaching and hands-on practice in classrooms – all toward the goal of preparing the highest-quality teachers to successfully serve all students.

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Originally aired on March 23, 2024

Louie Saenz has been in the news broadcasting business for over thirty years. He has been a News Anchor and Reporter for KDBC-TV, KOAT-TV in Albuquerque, NM and KTSM-TV in El Paso. Saenz earned a degree in Journalism from NMSU, and a Masters in Communication from UTEP. He is currently the News & Public Affairs Director for KTEP-FM, and a lecturer in the Communication Department. He is also the host of Focus on Campus and co-host on El Paso Prime Time.
Sam Cassiano is a native Californian who spent his formative years in the Bay Area. An army brat, his family toured Germany and Japan before settling in El Paso in 1973. Initially a Communications Major at UTEP, a radio internship at KPAS-FM 94, the PASS launched his broadcasting career. He can be heard as the morning news anchor on KTEP during NPR's Morning Edition, and Friday evenings at 10 pm as the host of Friday Night Blues.
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