Four College of Education seniors and COE Dean Ena Shelley received awards from two statewide professional education associations on April 12.

The Indiana Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (IACTE) honored students Amy Gaisser of Indianapolis; Jill Wheelock of Kentland, Ind.; Sarah Martin of Frankfort, Ill.; and Samantha Prachar of Plain City, Ohio, as Outstanding Future Educators.

The Indiana Association for the Education of Young Children presented Shelley its Hoosier Educator-Higher Education award.

Colleges of education nominate candidates as Outstanding Future Educators, based on students’ academic accomplishments and their potential contributions as future teachers.

COE’s Director of Student Personnel Services Sue Stahl said Butler’s student award winners are all graduating in May and have either secured job placement or are participating in the two upcoming interview days.

Gaisser is completing licensure in elementary education, mild intervention, reading, and English as a New Language. Stahl said Gaisser “was selected as outstanding because of her deep caring and dedication to all students, which always shows in her decision to do what is best for the students.”

Wheelock, who is completing licensure in physical education and health, is “outstanding in her service orientation to students,” according to Stahl. “She shows a commitment to health and wellness education for all students.”

Martin is completing licensure in middle-secondary education with a concentration in Spanish. Stahl said Martin “stands out with her fluency in Spanish and her special interest in community awareness and involvement.”

Prachar is completing licensure in elementary education and mild intervention. “Samantha is exceptional in her ability to communicate with parents, teachers and her young students,” said Stahl. “She radiates enthusiasm, and this enthusiasm is catching for anyone who works with her.”

Prachar has accepted a teaching position in the Chicago area.


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