CEUT Staff Robert Rivera Assistant Director Robert is Assistant Director of Hamline University’s Center for Excellence in Urban Teaching. He works effectively with (CEUT) partnerships, which include schools/districts, organizations, and the communities of color that will establish a structure that will create a critical mass; and will expand to develop programs throughout Minnesota, resulting in the increase of students of color pursuing careers in teaching. He coordinates many educational programs like S.O.A.R, Elite Academy, M.T.L.E prep and Math Masters. Robert has worked in the Minneapolis schools and Apple Valley before joining C.E.U.T. Robert also provides parents training on how to be advocates for their student’s as well as practical strategies to support the children’s achievements. His background in urban education and classroom management experience helps him support both tutor and parent mentors. Robert has received a two year degree in Database management from the Air force Community College, Bachelors in History and a minor in secondary education from Augsburg College and is currently working on his master’s in education at Hamline University. His history as a first generation urban student in Los Angeles, CA gives him great insight into the plight of our urban students in the twin cities. Tammie Pate Program Coordinator Tammie holds a BS in Community Health Education from Georgia Southern University. She brings a very diverse professional background to her position at Hamline University. Tammie spent 15 years at Georgia Southern University with 10 of those working under the Dean in the College of Health and Human Sciences. In this role, she worked with all aspects of the administrative duties to include student support, budget, marketing, classroom management, technology, and event planning. After leaving Georgia Southern in 2005, Tammie worked in the non-profit sector serving as Executive Director for the Advocates for Alzheimer’s Care (Georgia) and also as Executive Director for Communities in Schools of Montgomery County (NC). Tammie’s background fits very well into the Center for Excellence in Urban Teaching at Hamline. Her work within a university setting gives her experience in dealing with both the student and professional educator. Her experience working in the non-profit sector with families and students aligns closely to the programs offered by CEUT. Her role at Communities in Schools (CIS) is very similar to many of the programs being administered by the Center. Bringing students and families support, along with educating them in how to navigate the world of education, is a passion for her. Tammie grew up in rural Southeastern Kentucky and is a first generation college graduate. She is married to John Pate, Hamline’s Head Football Coach, and is an ambassador for the University in this role. She works closely with the players and parents to ensure these student athletes have a home away from home. Tammie is also the proud parent of three children, Kathleen (24), Thor (21), and Kasey (19). Some of her professional/academic honors include being named Outstanding Community Health Major at Georgia Southern, serving on the GSU President’s Staff Advisory Council, and being the recipient of the GSU Staff Award of Merit. As part of her duties for CEUT, Tammie coordinated the 2011-12 Math Master’s Program at Leap International School in St. Paul, and the Outstate Professional Development Series in Minnesota. In 2012-13, Tammie’s duties are expanding to include CEUT administrative responsibilities and implementing the Tri-state Professional Development Series for Minnesota, Missouri, and North Dakota. Tammie has also participated or presented in several national and international professional conferences, to include the National Dropout Prevention Network, Families in Global Transition, and the International Center for Service Learning in Teacher Education.