HPU Alumnae Named 'Rookie Teacher Of The Year'


HIGH POINT, N.C., Feb. 2, 2010 – Sumia Mustafa, a 2008 graduate of High Point University, is receiving accolades for her teaching skills. Mustafa was selected as “Rookie Teacher of the Year” at The Academy at Smith High School in Greensboro.

Mustafa, who was born in Pakistan and raised in New York, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and teacher education licensure in secondary biology. During her senior year at HPU, Mustafa completed a student teaching assignment at Ragsdale High School. Deborah DeLong, who served as her cooperating teacher, described her as a professional who had excellent class leadership and instruction, and she had a real impact on student learning.

Dr. Jane Bowser, assistant professor of education at HPU, agrees that Mustafa’s strong work ethic and dedication to her students has continued.

“The thing that really stands out to me about Sumia is her willingness to go the extra mile for her students,” says Bowser, who served as Mustafa’s supervisor for student teaching. “As a student teacher, she arrived early and stayed late to provide tutorial assistance for her classes. She has continued that as a teacher, and it has made a tremendous difference in her students? success.”

Mustafa currently teaches biology and environmental science at The Academy. As part of her honor, she will compete for the Guilford County Schools district award.

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with 3,700 undergraduate and graduate students from 50 countries and 44 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report No. 5 among comprehensive universities in the South and No. 1 in its category among up-and-coming schools. ranks HPU in the top 6 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” HPU was included in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Great Colleges to Work For” 2009 listings. The university offers 68 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and seven graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at or on Twitter at @HighPointU.

Chris Dudley

Vice President for Administration


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