The Indiana University School of Education has selected eight teachers from throughout the state as Martha Lea and Bill Armstrong Teacher Educators for the 2016-2017 school year. The award is given to teachers and school leaders who "demonstrate a strong potential to work as mentors for pre-service teachers."
IU says educators that win the award are given the chance to work with School of Education faculty and students in the classroom on research projects and in-field experiences. They also receive financial support to pursue professional development.
"This new cohort of exemplary teachers shares a deep commitment to helping all students learn and grow," said Rob Kunzman, Martha Lea and Bill Armstrong chair in teacher education. "The creativity, passion and expertise of these educators is truly inspiring. Our IU teacher candidates will learn so much from their wisdom of practice."
The award winners are nominated by superintendents and principals from throughout the state. The 2016-2017 Armstrong Teacher Educators are:
- Stacy Blosser, West Noble Elementary School, Ligonier, fourth grade
- Melony Boyd, Westlake Elementary School, Indianapolis, second grade
- Linda Golston, New Tech Innovative Institute, Gary, English
- Scott Hill, Homestead High School, Fort Wayne, English
- Andrew Hodson, North Central High School, Indianapolis, social studies
- Eric Park, Chapel Hill 7th and 8th Grade Center, Indianapolis, music
- Kara Parker, Bloomington High School South, science and math
- Jean Russell, Haverhill Elementary School, Fort Wayne, literacy specialist
"We strive to connect our undergraduates with the practical realities and exemplary practices employed by excellent teachers in the schools," said Dean Terry Mason. "The Armstrong program is one of the most important and effective ways that we accomplish this. We are very pleased to have another outstanding group of Armstrong teachers joining us this year."