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Alums recognized as outstanding teachers

May 6, 2013

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Sara Boen
Michael Allen

A pair of Avila University alums recently was named Outstanding Beginning Teachers by the Missouri Association for Colleges of Teacher Education (MACTE).

Sara Boen, a recent graduate of Avila’s School of Education, teaches first grade at Chinn Elementary in the Park Hill School District in Kansas City, Mo. Michael Allen received his teaching certification from Avila and is teaching seventh-grade science at Moreland Ridge Middle School in the Blue Springs, Mo. School District.

At the spring conference of MACTE April 25, 64 outstanding teachers were recognized for their excellence in serving children during their first two years of service in school districts across Missouri. Thirty-seven private and public institutions of higher education, offering state and nationally recognized programs, honored teachers who completed education programs at their respective institutions. Award recipients were selected based on evaluations of outstanding graduates completed by their college or university and recommendations from the school district which deemed the teacher as highly effective in their first two years in the classroom.

Each recipient was awarded an engraved plaque to display in their classroom.


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Avila University is a private, co-educational, values-based liberal arts institution founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, offering undergraduate, graduate, and adult degree programs. Avila University is located at 119th and Wornall Rd in southwest suburban Kansas City, Mo.