NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Nacogdoches Independent School District mentor families partnering with Stephen F. Austin State University’s Community Responsiveness and Engaged Advocacy in Teacher Education, or C.R.E.A.T.E., program were recognized at a recent Nacogdoches City Council meeting. These families help SFA teacher candidates in C.R.E.A.T.E. gain a deeper understanding of their students' lives outside of school. The program allows early childhood through sixth grade and secondary education teacher candidates to participate in urban-based field trips, small sessions with guest speakers, professional development and résumé-building opportunities. Photo courtesy of Dr. Heather Olson Beal.