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School of Education Hall of Fame

Teacher candidates and master teachers going forth 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 who exemplify the Avila School of Education mission, purpose and philosophy on a daily basis.

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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.