COE graduate receives recognition from National Council on Family Relations

TeterYamuna Teter, who earned a bachelor's degree from the University of North Texas' College of Education Department of Educational Psychology in May, received recognition from the National Council on Family Relations for her outstanding contributions to the field of family science through scholarship, leadership and community service.

A mother of four children ages 3 to 10, Teter came to UNT several years after earning an associate's degree from Richland College in Dallas. Her own experience returning to school to pursue a career as a teacher inspired her to conduct academic research on work-family balance issues.

She credits the mentoring from her UNT faculty members — Arminta Jacobson, Gladys Hildreth and Erron Huey, who is now at Texas Woman's University – for their support at UNT.

"It was the only way I got through my first semester here, and then it continued on. I had this three-person team that supported me every step of the way," she said. "It was my green light to greatness – it's true."

Teter originally planned to become a kindergarten teacher and chose UNT for its reputation for teaching future educators.

Along the way, she decided to attend graduate school and continue her research on work-family balance, specifically issues affecting mothers. Teter will attend UNT in the fall to pursue a master's degree in educational psychology with a concentration in family studies. Ultimately, she hopes to teach at the university level.

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