• UWA honors outstanding educators with Tutwiler Awards

    Posted: May 16, 2011

    Author: Betsy Compton

    The University of West Alabama’s Julia S. Tutwiler College of Education recently honored five regional educators for their achievement at an awards ceremony at Bell Conference Center.

    Libra Boyd, Matt Kiser, Kerra Middleton, Tiffany Plott, and Sally Shakelford are members of the inaugural class of honorees receiving the Tutwiler Educator of the Year awards. The awards, named for the institution’s first president, Julia S. Tutwiler, honor excellence in education by identifying outstanding educators in the areas of Early Childhood/Elementary Education, Secondary Education fields, Counseling, Library Media, and Instructional Leadership.

    “The Tutwiler Educator of the Year awards highlight the use of best practices and reward teachers who inspire students to achieve a high level of excellence. The significant contribution to society made by these distinguished teachers is nothing short of life changing and deserves to be recognized,” said Dr. Kathryn Chandler, dean of the college.

    Boyd received the Tutwiler Award for Counseling. She is a counselor at Southern Middle School in Roxboro, N.C. Boyd holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in school counseling. She has been in the field of education for nearly 10 years.

    Kiser received the Tutwiler Award for Secondary Education. The secondary history teacher has 6 years of experience in the teaching field and currently teaches in the Tuscaloosa County Schools district. He holds a bachelor’s degree in secondary social studies and a master’s degree in instructional leadership.

    Middleton received the Tutwiler Award for Library Media. A library media specialist for the Mobile County Public Schools System, Middleton has nine years of experience in the field of library media. She holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and master’s and education specialist degrees in library media.

    Plott received the Tutwiler Award for Instructional Leadership. The principal of Carver Middle School in the Meridian Public School District, Plott has served the field of education for 18 years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, certification in special education, and a master’s degree in educational leadership.

    Shakelford received the Tutwiler Award for Early Childhood/Elementary Education. A second grade teacher at Trace Crossings Elementary School in Hoover, she has 21 years of experience in the field of education. Shakelford holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, a master’s degree in education, and an education specialist degree in technology education.

    Each recipient received a $500 cash stipend and $250 for the purchase of classroom supplies and professional development.

    Awarding bachelor’s, master’s, and education specialist degrees to educators across the country, the institution has been recognized for two consecutive years by U.S. News and World Report as a top online education program.

    For more information on the Tutwiler Educator of the Year awards, please contact the Julia S. Tutwiler College of Education at 205-652-3865.
     

     

    Photo: The University of West Alabama’s Julia S. Tutwiler College of Education recently honored regional educators with awards recognizing their achievement in five fields of education. Pictured left to right: Matt Kiser (secondary education); Kerra Middleton (library media); College Dean Kathryn Chandler; Sally Shakelford (early childhood/elementary education); Tiffany Plott (instructional leadership); and Libra Boyd (counseling).

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