“Avila taught me the importance of being a life-long learner in education, which I feel helps me every day in the classroom.”
Jessica Edwards ’10 was the Kansas Horizon Award winner for teaching excellence in 2012. She was working as a paraprofessional in the Blue Valley (Kan.) School District while working on her degree at Avila. She forged relationships that helped her join the Blue Valley faculty full-time as a high school communication arts teacher. Edwards said she also believes in collaboration among students, allowing students to be social and incorporating current tools such as social media.
"Avila taught me more than the algorithms of my major in mathematics. It opened my mind to new concepts, exposed me to the cultures and philosophies of the world beyond Kansas City, and what it means to be committed to life long learning."
Carol Jean (Stipetich) DeFeo '68
Avila Alumni Association Lifetime Board Member
“As an Avila Alum, I received a degree that provided the tools necessary to successfully compete in the global job market and a liberal arts education that had a strong influence on my values and my life.”
David Kerr ‘76
Avila University Board of Trustees