Teachers College Alumna Kate Powers Named Among "Best Teachers of English" for 2012
Powers, '05 (Student Affairs Administration in Higher
Education), was recently recognized by The Prague Post Endowment Fund as one of
the "Best Teachers of English in the Czech Republic for 2012." Powers
began teaching at Sunny Canadian International School in 2009, and in September
2010, became the Head of English Studies. The school uses Content and Language
Integrated Learning to teach the Czech curriculum bilingually: half in Czech,
half in English. The
fifth annual Best Teacher of English competition was supported by a grant from
the U.S. Embassy's Small Grants program.
Teachers College Alumna Mindy Willard Honored as School Counselor of the Year
Ball State Teachers College alumna Mindy Willard was named the 2012-13 School Counselor of the Year by The American School Counselor Association (ASCA). The ASCA award “honors professionals who devote their careers to serving as advocates – and often lifesavers – for the nation’s students.” Willard is the sixth counselor nationally to receive the honor and the first in Arizona. The Counselor of the Year finalists were selected based on criteria that included counseling innovations, effective counseling programs, leadership and contributions to student advancement.
Willard started as a counselor at Sunset Ridge in 2004. Among her achievements and innovations at Sunset Ridge is Club Ophelia, a program to increase self-esteem and resiliency in seventh- and eighth-grade girls.
She previously won the Arizona Multi-level School Counselor of the Year award in 2007, and she and Sunset Ridge were presented the prestigious RAMP Award (Recognized ASCA Model Program) in 2011, and Sunset Ridge was one of 77 schools nation-wide recognized by the Southern Poverty Law Center Teaching Tolerance program in 2011.
Alumna Sarah Strohmenger Honored with Distinguished Thesis Award
A graduate course in student affairs administration is where the idea began for Sarah Strohmenger's award-winning master's thesis, Examining the Experiences of College Women About Body Modification: Searching for the "I" in Tatoo.
Strohmenger's thesis has been selected as the Ball State University Alumni Association Distinguished Thesis for 2012-13. Her work was selected by an intra-university committee of faculty scholars based on its originality, significant contribution to knowledge, and potential for publication.
According to Strohmenger, the idea for her research began in a graduate course in student affairs administration. As the class had discussions about gender issues in higher education, the topic of body image, particularly among college women, came up.
Strohmenger's research included conversations with both students and people who have worked in higher education for some time. "What was surprising for me," says Strohmenger, "was to see how excited people were to talk about their tattoos, and why their tattoos are so important to them. It was also eye-opening to learn about the assumptions that exist about this topic, and how important it is for people to be having conversations about it."
Strohmenger will be honored at the Annual Graduate Student Recognition Reception in March. She will receive a plaque and a $400 honorarium.
Dr. Marilyn Skinner Among 2012 Indiana Women of Achievement
Teachers College alumna Dr. Marilyn Skinner is a 2012 recipient of the Indiana Women of Achievement Award. She was recognized for Distinction in Early Childhood Education. Skinner currently serves on the Teachers College Dean's Advisory Board, and has been the Director of the IU Kokomo Early Childhood Education Center for seven years, where she implements creative strategies for community children to achieve success in kindergarten. Her prior service in education included time as a classroom teacher, assistant principal, and principal. She was also the first woman to serve as assistant superintendent in the Kokomo school system.
Dr. Skinner served as the BSU Alumni Council President in 1982, and was honored with the Benny Award in 1983, and the Ball State University Distinguished Alumna Award in 1984. She holds bachelor's and master's degrees in education from Ball State University, and a doctorate from Indiana University.
Indiana Women of Achievement Award recipients are Indiana women, by birth or adoption, who enrich the lives of others through their outstanding accomplishments in a variety of fields.
Teachers College Alumnus Nathan Boyd Receives GOLD Award
Nathan Boyd, '02, the principal of LaSalle Intermediate Academy in South Bend, Indiana, recently received a GOLD Award from the Ball State University Alumni Association. The GOLD Award (Graduate of the Last Decade) recognizes the accomplishments of recent graduates who have demonstrated their promise and potential for outstanding endeavors through involvement in various aspects of life after college.
The U.S. Department of Education named LaSalle Intermediate Academy a Blue Ribbon School. Blue Ribbon Schools are among the highest performing schools in their states. LaSalle is one of six schools in St. Joseph County to earn the distinction since 2003, and one of 269 schools in the nation to be honored at a recognition ceremony in Washington, D.C. in November.
Boyd was also recognized in 2011 by the Black Alumni Constituent Society with an Award of Achievement.
Teachers College Alumnus Honored with Benny Award
Teachers College Alumnus Philip Metcalf, '70, was honored with the Benny Award, which recognizes those who have contributed their time, energy, and talents in service to Ball State University or the Ball State University Alumni Association. Metcalf is the career and technical coordinator for the Wawasee School Corporation in Syracuse, Indiana.
Veteran Chemistry Teacher to Receive Indiana Woman of Achievement Award (09/23/11)
Deanna York has been selected as a 2011 Indiana Woman of Achievement in Education. The Indiana Woman of Achievement awards recognize Indiana women who enrich the lives of others through outstanding accomplishments in a variety of fields. Recipients were honored at an award dinner, hosted by Ball State University's College of Sciences and Humanities, on October 19.
York is an award-winning chemistry teacher at Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis and a published writer. She has taught high school chemistry for 21 years and is known for her innovative lab experiences that engage students and allow for hands-on learning opportunities. First-year chemistry students have the opportunity to experience over 100 days in the lab.
She has published two editions of a chemistry lab manual titled Teacher Friendly Chemistry Labs and Activities and created the website "thechemistryteacher.net" to help other science teachers inspire their classrooms. York is a local, state, and national presenter of teacher friendly chemistry workshops. Her expertise lies in building a classroom that is laboratory driven while considering teacher set-up time and materials. She uses inquiry labs for discovery, cookbook labs to teach content, and problem-based labs for authentic assessment.
Her awards include the 2009 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, which is the highest recognition K-12 mathematics or science teachers may receive in the United States. In addition, she has received the 2010 Wayne Township Extra Mile Award, the 2003 Indiana University Armstrong Educator Award, and the 2002 Golden Apple Award. She has been selected numerous times by a Ben Davis Top 30 Senior as that student's most influential teacher. As a school leader, she has served as a building literacy leader, School Improvement Plan chair, lead chemistry teacher, president of the Indiana Alliance of Chemistry Teachers, and question writer for the National Panasonic Academic Tournament.
York earned a B.S. in secondary education and M.A. in general science at Ball State University.
Tammy Brant Named National Physical Education Teacher of the Year (05/16/11)
Tammy Brant is a physical education teacher at Selma Middle School, Selma, Indiana. The National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) named her the National Physical Education Teacher of the Year. She received her award from Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett. This award is given in recognition of outstanding teaching performance and the ability to motivate today’s youth to participate in a lifetime of physical activity. Brant became a finalist for this award in March when she was named the Midwest District Middle School Physical Education Teacher of the Year at the NASPE national convention.
Brant’s enthusiasm for physical activity motivated her to apply and receive $15,000 in local grant money. She was able to purchase heart monitors for each of her students to help them gauge their individual level of fitness and progress. She has also worked with a registered dietician to implement nutritional lessons, teaching her students how physical health and nutrition go hand in hand.
“When I stop by Mrs. Brant’s class, I see someone who is totally engaged in her lessons and is very much respected by her students. She has a passion and desire to make fitness attainable for everyone,” says Dennis Thompson, Principal, Selma Middle School.
Brant has 16 years experience teaching physical education, the last 8 at Selma Middle School. She received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in physical education from Ball State University. For the academic year 2004-2005, she received BSU’s Korsgaard Graduate Student of the Year Award. Other professional achievements include receiving the Indiana Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (IAHPERD) Middle School Teacher of the Year and qualifying Selma Middle School with NASPE STARS distinction. STARS is an evaluation tool that measures excellence in physical education classrooms across the nation.
Ball State Alumna Receives Teacher Educator Award (04/27/11)
Marianne Berlin is one of eight teachers to receive the Martha Lea and Bill Armstrong Teacher Educator Award for the academic year 2011-2012. This award is given to a select group of K-12 teachers in the state of Indiana. The teachers will participate in professional development opportunities that enable them to work with the faculty and undergraduates in the School of Education at Indiana University Bloomington in a variety of capacities, including teaching, research, and special projects and events.
Berlin has spent her entire teaching career in the Monroe-Gregg School District. She has served in a variety of positions that include teaching second through sixth grades and serving as an elementary principal. As a teacher, her lessons were creative fostering a love of learning in her students while concentrating on academic standards. Currently, she is the instructor/director of the Media Center at Monrovia Elementary School.
In 2006 Berlin received a Lilly Foundation Creativity Grant allowing her to trace the footsteps of Indiana author, Gene Stratton Porter. When teaching second grade in 2008, she received the IPL Golden Apple Award. During the last few years, she has received various grants allowing her to purchase materials for the library.
Marianne (Welty) Berlin received both her bachelor’s (1972) and master’s (1974) degrees in elementary education from Ball State University.
Golden Apple Award presented to Bryan Fountain (04/25/11)
Bryan Fountain is a recipient of a 2011 Golden Apple Award. WTHI-TV Terre Haute honored five Golden Apple winners at a public ceremony on the Terre Haute campus of Ivy Tech Community College on April 22, 2011. The Golden Apple Award was created in 1989 to recognize and reward five outstanding K-12 educators within the WTHI-TV viewing area. Recipients receive a cash award, prizes, a Golden Apple statue, and much deserved campaign of recognition on WTHI-TV.
Fountain is a third-grade teacher at Loogootee Elementary West and is also its assistant varsity track coach. If one were to walk into his classroom, one might find students in workstations conversing or using an iPod touch. His hands-on teaching is creative and exciting with inquiry-based lessons and projects.
Fountain is quick to point out that this award is not about him, but about his current and past students and their parents. They are the ones who motivate and inspire him.
He received a bachelor of science degree in elementary education from Ball State University in 2006. He comes from a huge family of teachers—who value education and have given him great advice during his young teaching career—and has known his entire life that he was to be a teacher. He is appreciative of Ball State for preparing him to go into the classroom and be the best that he can be, and for his college professor Dr. Jim Stroud for providing guidance and supporting his thoughts and dreams.
Michael Baer's Classroom Making a World of Difference
Michael Baer is a teacher of physics, chemistry, earth and space science at South Adams Junior/Senior High School in Berne, Indiana. He was selected as the 2010-2011 Ball State Teachers College Innovative Education Grant recipient for his project titled “Dots in Blue Water.” The grant helped purchase materials to construct a water purification unit, which will be capable of treating the water supply for one medium-sized village in Haiti. This project has grabbed the attention of the media, and it has grown from a classroom project to a school vision where the entire school community has rallied around it. Money is being raised for 12 students and 12 teachers and advisors to make the initial trip to Haiti in June. Baer has been asked if the Dots in Blue Water organization could assist in providing pure water in other parts of the world, including Japan, Nicaragua, Ethiopia, Kenya, and the Dominican Republic. According to Baer, this “grant has helped us enable our students and school community to “Make a World of Difference.”
In 1976 Baer received a B.S. in secondary education (biology/chemistry) from Indiana University, and in 2001 he received a M.A.E. in secondary education (physics and astronomy) from Ball State University. During his 35 years of experience in education, Baer has been a successful teacher, department chair, coach, dean of students, and director of student guidance.
He has received many teaching awards, including the IU School of Education Armstrong Teacher Educator Award (2009-10), Walmart Teacher of the Year in Adams County (2007-08), National Education Association and White House Commission Distinguished Teaching Award (1987), and the Indianapolis Star Distinguished Teacher Award (1987).
Baer has also won other teaching honors that include a Lilly Endowment Teacher Creativity Fellowship for Scratching the Surface where he participated in various paleontology, archaeology, and meteor digs across Central and Southwest United States during the summer of 2005. Currently, he is an advisor for the BrainPop online learning website and the Real Life Science Guy TV series/That’s Amazing online video resource.
In his spare time, you might find him in other creative endeavors such as composing and performing music.
Ron Ward named Indiana Middle School Principal of the Year (Nov. 2010)
Ron Ward was recognized by the Indiana Association of School Principals as the 2010 State Middle School Principal of the Year at its Fall Professional Conference. He was also named District Middle School Principal for District 8.
In the past 33 years at North West Hendricks Schools, Ward has been a teacher, athletic director, assistant principal, and during the last 21 years, a principal. The last 8 years he has been principal of Tri-West Middle School, a school that has been identified as a school to watch for 2011 by the Indiana Middle Level Education Association. "Schools to Watch" is a national program that recognizes schools for their academic excellence, social equity, and developmental responsiveness to students. Tri-West was chosen because of its strong academics.
Under Ward's leadership, many changes have taken place, including classes that are available at the eighth-grade level for high school credit, middle level teaming, and academic teams that have won state awards. Ward has empowered his faculty to make decisions to improve student learning, and he has acknowledged and showed appreciation for their contributions.
Ward received his B.S. in 1977, M.A.E. in 1980, and administrative certification in 1983 from Ball State University. In 2004, he received an education specialist from Indiana State University.
BSU G.O.L.D. award presented to Adam Drummond (Sept. 2010)
Adam Drummond was a recipient of a 2010 G.O.L.D Award at BSU. The Graduate Of the Last Decade (G.O.L.D.) Award annually recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of recent graduates of Ball State University. These alumni have already demonstrated their promise and potential for outstanding endeavors by quickly becoming involved in different aspects of life after college.
Drummond earned a degree in elementary education in 2002, an M.A. in student affairs administration in higher education in 2005, as well as an administrative license in 2008, from Ball State University. At Huntington County Community School Corporation, Mr. Drummond has held the positions of classroom teacher, technology integration specialist, teacher trainer, assistant principal, and currently, principal of Lincoln Elementary School.“
Drummond has distinguished himself as a conscientious and energetic educator and administrator,” states Susan Kovalik. “He has a deep understanding of what it takes to support teachers to improve classroom instruction.” He was involved in the creation of a professional development model for elementary teachers. Drummond, along with the efforts of three colleagues, developed a systemic approach to creating professional development and ongoing education about teaching using brain-based research, literacy, and technology in the classroom. His latest role of building principal has given him the opportunity to implement a school-wide theme entitled “Learning and Living the Lincoln Legacy” that has invigorated an entire elementary school.
He welcomes opportunities to learn and to teach, traveling nationally to conferences as a speaker on professional development programs, developing teacher leaders, and gender research. In 2008 he joined a delegation from Huntington University to travel to China to train Chinese teachers how best to teach English.
In addition to his educational endeavors, he is a youth leader for his church, and he has remained active in his fraternity at Ball State.
Michael Necessary named District VI Superintendent of the Year (09/14/10)
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