- Mulerider Jacinda Passmore wins nationwide teaching competition in China
A lifelong passion for travel and a heartfelt desire to teach inspired Southern Arkansas University alumna Jacinda Passmore to reach out to students in China, where she has been teaching since Thanksgiving of 2018. Her hard work and dedication – as well as skills she gained as an Agriculture Education major at SAU – helped her win a nationwide teaching competition in China that took three months to complete and culminated in a journey to Beijing.
Passmore, from Conway, Arkansas, said she was shocked and surprised to have won the SINA National Five Star Teacher Award, which covered all areas of academics taught in China and put her in direct competition with Chinese teachers. “I could not believe it,” she said of her win. “I am thankful for the experience and to all those who supported me in China and back home in Arkansas. My fellow teachers in China are proud of me and often tease me about being a ‘celebrity’ of the region.” (more…)