Ashford University Presents Teacher Awards

Ashford University Presents Teacher Awards



For the second year, Ashford University has honored the area’s educators by presenting its “Teacher of the Year” award and awarding three full scholarships to its two teacher education programs – the Master of Arts in Education or the Master of Arts in Teaching and Learning with Technology.

An event recognizing all of the area’s educators was originally planned during the annual “Ashford University Night at the Ballpark” at Alliant Energy Field on Friday, April 15, but it had to be canceled when rain postponed the Clinton LumberKings’ baseball game. A reception for the award recipients was held on Wednesday, April 20 at the university.

“We know that dedicated teachers make the difference in children’s lives each day by encouraging, motivating, instructing and guiding young people,” said Dr. Joen Rottler Larson, dean of the Ashford College of Education. “Sometimes their talents, caring and creativity in the classroom go unnoticed, so Ashford University is proud to offer these scholarships and ‘Teacher of the Year’ award. The incredible response to these two programs is a testament to the commitment of teachers in the area who are eager to continue to learn and grow in their profession.”

Scholarship recipients were:

* Phillip Bormann, sixth grade teacher in the Northeast Community School District; he will enroll in the Master of Arts in Teaching and Learning with Technology program.
* Pat Foltz, language arts teacher at West Carroll Middle School in Mt. Carroll; he will enroll in the Master of Arts in Teaching and Learning with Technology program.
* Nicole Letcher, English teacher at Fulton High School; she will enroll in the Master of Arts in Education program.

The 2011 Ashford Teacher of the Year award was presented to Annette Munck, a first grade teacher at Camanche Elementary School.

A year ago, Munck was one of the first recipients of the Ashford teacher scholarship and enrolled in the Masters of Education program. Her superintendent, Thomas Parker, had this to say: “We are proud of Annette and appreciate her efforts in providing students at Camanche Elementary School with a first-rate educational experience. We also wish to acknowledge and commend Annette for modeling the importance of being a life-long learner by continuing her studies as a graduate student.” A faculty member of Ashford’s College of Education added, “Annette has been a valuable part of the education community for many years. She is an effective teacher who serves as a role model and mentor for many teacher preparation students. You can always count on Annette Munck for a positive word and a smile.”

Munck received $500 for classroom materials from Ashford.

Teachers applied for the full-ride scholarships by submitting a reflective paper; Ashford accepted nominations for the “Teacher of the Year” award.

About Ashford University
Founded in 1918, Ashford University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (www.ncahlc.org). The University offers graduate and undergraduate degree programs online and at its Clinton, Iowa, campus. The University is known for its high quality yet highly affordable online and on-campus programs. For more information, please visit www.ashford.edu or call Shari Rodriguez, associate vice president of Public Relations, at 858.513.9240 x2513.

For the second year, Ashford University has honored the area’s educators by presenting its “Teacher of the Year” award and awarding three full scholarships to its two teacher education programs – the Master of Arts in Education or the Master of Arts in Teaching and Learning with Technology.

An event recognizing all of the area’s educators was originally planned during the annual “Ashford University Night at the Ballpark” at Alliant Energy Field on Friday, April 15, but it had to be canceled when rain postponed the Clinton LumberKings’ baseball game. A reception for the award recipients was held on Wednesday, April 20 at the university.

“We know that dedicated teachers make the difference in children’s lives each day by encouraging, motivating, instructing and guiding young people,” said Dr. Joen Rottler Larson, dean of the Ashford College of Education. “Sometimes their talents, caring and creativity in the classroom go unnoticed, so Ashford University is proud to offer these scholarships and ‘Teacher of the Year’ award. The incredible response to these two programs is a testament to the commitment of teachers in the area who are eager to continue to learn and grow in their profession.”

Scholarship recipients were:

* Phillip Bormann, sixth grade teacher in the Northeast Community School District; he will enroll in the Master of Arts in Teaching and Learning with Technology program.
* Pat Foltz, language arts teacher at West Carroll Middle School in Mt. Carroll; he will enroll in the Master of Arts in Teaching and Learning with Technology program.
* Nicole Letcher, English teacher at Fulton High School; she will enroll in the Master of Arts in Education program.

The 2011 Ashford Teacher of the Year award was presented to Annette Munck, a first grade teacher at Camanche Elementary School.

A year ago, Munck was one of the first recipients of the Ashford teacher scholarship and enrolled in the Masters of Education program. Her superintendent, Thomas Parker, had this to say: “We are proud of Annette and appreciate her efforts in providing students at Camanche Elementary School with a first-rate educational experience. We also wish to acknowledge and commend Annette for modeling the importance of being a life-long learner by continuing her studies as a graduate student.” A faculty member of Ashford’s College of Education added, “Annette has been a valuable part of the education community for many years. She is an effective teacher who serves as a role model and mentor for many teacher preparation students. You can always count on Annette Munck for a positive word and a smile.”

Munck received $500 for classroom materials from Ashford.

Teachers applied for the full-ride scholarships by submitting a reflective paper; Ashford accepted nominations for the “Teacher of the Year” award.

About Ashford University
Founded in 1918, Ashford University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (www.ncahlc.org). The University offers graduate and undergraduate degree programs online and at its Clinton, Iowa, campus. The University is known for its high quality yet highly affordable online and on-campus programs. For more information, please visit www.ashford.edu or call Shari Rodriguez, associate vice president of Public Relations, at 858.513.9240 x2513.