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School of Education Hall of Fame

Teacher candidates, master teachers and professors from the Avila University School of Education are consistently recognized for their outstanding instruction and leadership in their buildings, districts, and states.  The School of Education Hall of Fame captures these highlights.  Congratulations to these alums and professors who exemplify the Avila School of Education mission, purpose and philosophy on a daily basis.

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Teacher Hall of Fame

Avila School of Education adjunct professor, Jan Alderson, will soon be inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame.  Also an honors biology and human anatomy/physiology teacher at Shawnee Mission South High School, Alderson has been teaching Special Methods of Secondary Biology for six years in the Avila School of Education and hosting Avila teacher candidates for field-based placements in her classroom.  Alderson has completed 45 years of dedicated teaching as a public school educator. 

We feel privileged to have her as part of our team.  Her commitment to mentoring teachers-in-training, encouraging young women in pursuing STEM careers, and enhancing her teaching through the use of innovative technologies set her apart as a science educator. 

Throughout her career, Alderson has received numerous national awards, including but not limited to the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching, an Outstanding Public Service Award from the National Weather Service and was a semifinalist for the National Science Teachers Association Science Teaching Award.  She has facilitated numerous student science demonstrations and competitions, has coached high school students to top honors in national science contests, and has contributed work in several major publications. 

Over the next few weeks, Alderson will be honored in a series of induction events, the first of many will be held in Washington, D.C. in May 2014.  Alderson will also be honored at a June 2014 ceremony in Emporia, Kansas.    


School of Education Alumni Award

Erin OligschlaegerErin (Wilson) Oligschlaeger was presented with the 2013 School of Education Alumni Award.  Erin was a 2002 graduate of Avila University.  She earned her degree in Special Education.  Erin is the Director of Student Services in Excelsior Springs, MO.  Erin has also held the position of Director of Special Services (Marshall, MO), Principal (Eldon Elementary School), and special education teacher.  Erin is one of the founding members of  DIGS, Inc., Transitional  Living Program for Saline county.  She is currently earning an educational doctorate from the University of Missouri Columbia.



beckyCerner STEM Internship Program
Becky Brents was selected to participate in the Cerner STEM Internship Program for math and science pre-service teacher candidates this summer.  She received a scholarship and completed a paid summer internship at Cerner.  Avila University’s School of Education is excited to be part of this initiative intended to help future teachers move into the classroom well prepared in the areas of science, technology and math. 

MACTE Outstanding Beginning Teacher Awards
saramichaelMichael Allen was honored as one of Missouri's Outstanding Beginning Teachers by the Missouri Association for Colleges of Teacher Education (MACTE). Michael is currently teaching 7th Grade Science at Moreland Ridge Middle School in the Blue Springs School District.

Sara Boen was also honored as one of Missouri’s Outstanding Beginning Teachers by the Missouri Association for Colleges of Teacher Education (MACTE). Sara is currently teaching first grade at Chinn Elementary in the Park Hill School District.

School of Teaching ESL Silver Anniversary Award
Diane Mora received the School of Teaching English as a Second Language Silver Anniversary Award. Diane was honored for using technology (Google Voice and Educreations) to enhance language development in the classroom.

Teacher of the Year – East Lynne Elementary (East Lynne School District)
Melessia Brauer, 4th grade teacher at East Lynne Elementary, was named the 2013 Teacher of the Year for her building.

Alumni Published
Chris Frye, an Avila School of Education alum who earned his teacher certification in the field of art education, created the illustrations for the children’s book “Janko and the Darkness.” The book is for sale through Amazon.