LaToiya Templeton, fourth-year student, was presented with the Student Recognition Award by The Ohio State University Board of Trustees on Nov. 6. The award is given to just two professional students per year.
Templeton grew up in a neighborhood located in the south side of Chicago, and as first generation college student, she was determined not to let any barrier or adversity keep her from her dream of becoming a veterinarian.
During her undergraduate career, she attended The Ohio State University during the day and Columbus State Community College in the evening, while working part-time and remaining president of her national sorority.
Templeton received a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture from The Ohio State University and a degree in Veterinary Technology from Columbus State Community College before obtaining a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction. She wanted to have the necessary experience, knowledge and proper certification in the educational field to pursue her passion in veterinary medicine.
While studying for her M.Ed. at the University of Houston, she taught 7th grade math and science at a magnet school through Teach for America.
She has continued to demonstrate a commitment to enhancing diversity through her involvement and leadership in a number of diversity-related activities that focus on exposing underrepresented minorities to the field of veterinary medicine.
Templeton has been a Student Ambassador for the college, and was elected by her peers to serve as a class representative via student council. She was also selected to participate in the Student Services Task Force, a committee with the goal of enhancing student experience.
Nov. 9, 2015