The Exemplary Student Teacher Recognition Award Program was developed in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) to recognize the achievements of outstanding student teachers in the CLAS educator licensure programs. Student teachers who have demonstrated excellence in the many facets of the teaching profession (e.g., planning and organization, engagement of students in active learning, assessment of student learning, integrating multiple methods of instruction to reach different learning styles, and professionalism both with colleagues and students in and out of the classroom) may be nominated, either by their cooperating teacher(s) and/or their university supervisor.
These recipients are honored annually at a ceremony held at the end of the spring semester. They also receive a certificate of recognition for their credential file and a book on teaching.
2014-2015 Exemplary Student Teacher Award Winners
Pictured below are the winners present at the May 4, 2015, Exemplary Student Teacher Awards Ceremony. Also pictured are Dr. Michael Eads, Chair, Committee on Teacher Preparation and Development, Dr. David Ballantine, Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Dr. Christopher McCord, Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences:
English winners: Andrew Bero and Jeffrey Piszczek
Foreign Languages and Literatures winners Margaret Gardner (French)
and Allison Packard (Spanish)
History and Social Science winners: Joshua Green and Ashley Roti
Mathematical Sciences winners: Daniel Ponczek and Abigail Mertes
Sciences winners: Brandon Benters (Biological Sciences) and Christopher Napolitano (Physics). Not pictured: Jarrod Ragusin (Chemistry)
The ceremony was held in the Illinois Room of the Holmes Student Center at Northern Illinois University.