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4 alumni earn Teacher of the Year honors from Richmond schools

April 21, 2017

Four alumni of Earlham’s Graduate Programs in Education have been nominated as teacher of the year by Richmond Community Schools.

Heidi Hisrich ’05 (Richmond High School), Rachael Phillips ’07 (Fairview Elementary), Sarah Vance ’11 (Charles Elementary), and Keith Morey ’07 (Dennis Intermediate School) will be recognized by the school corporation at its annual celebration of excellence. The four graduates are among nine teachers in the running for the district’s teacher of the year honor.

"We're not at all surprised that nearly one half of the nominees for teacher of the year at Richmond Community Schools are graduates of our programs," says Randy Wisehart, director of Earlham's Graduates Program in Education. "Our graduates aren't just effective teachers. They are trained to respond to today's most pressing challenges in the classroom while inspiring their students to become lifelong learners who are socially active and morally conscious citizens."

Earlham’s Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) Program is an 11-month program for college graduates seeking careers as licensed teachers. Licensure is offered in social studies, English/language arts, mathematics, science, modern foreign languages, music, and art all at the middle and high school levels.

A Master of Arts in Education (M.Ed.) is also offered for students who wish to earn a graduate degree in education but do not seek a teaching license. 

Both programs follow a cohort model where each entering class of students works together throughout the program. 

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Earlham College, a national liberal arts college located in Richmond, Indiana, is a "College That Changes Lives." We expect our students to be fully present: to think rigorously, value directness and genuineness, and actively seek insights from differing perspectives. The values we practice at Earlham are rooted in centuries of Quaker tradition, but they also constitute the ideal toolkit for contemporary success. Earlham is one of only 40 national liberal arts colleges ranked among U.S. News and World Reports' "Great Schools at a Great Price."

Brian Zimmerman is director of media relations at Earlham College. He can be reached at 765-983-1256 and zimmebr@earlham.edu.

 

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