Several state educators and community partners were honored Feb. 13 at the 21st Annual Education Reception hosted by UM’s Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences.
The annual event, sponsored by UM President George M. Dennison, recognizes educational partners who collaborate with the University and the College of Education and Human Sciences to prepare future professionals.
The theme of this year’s reception was “Recognizing YOU – A Montana Treasure.” About 300 professionals attended the event, which was held in the University Center Ballroom.
David Bixby, a fifth-grade teacher at Hellgate Elementary School in Missoula, received the 2010 Maryfrances Shreeve Award for Teaching Excellence.
Bixby served as a master teacher mentor for a UM Department of Educational Research Services Excellence in Science Education grant. He mentored a group of 20 teachers during the two-year program, leading in-services and demonstrating teaching techniques.
Margarett Campbell, vice president of community services at Fort Peck Community College, received the Educational Leadership Excellence Award. The award is presented by UM’s Department of Educational Leadership.
The Trapper Creek Job Corps near Darby received the Department of Counselor Education Award. The center provides supportive supervision for counselor education interns, who provide counseling and educational guidance.
Susi Mathis, cardiac rehabilitation and wellness coordinator at St. Patrick Hospital and Health Sciences Center’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Center in Missoula, received the Department of Health and Human Performance Award. Mathis provides internship opportunities for many UM exercise science students.
The Marlene Bachmann Student Teaching Award was presented to Michael Straw, who completed his elementary student teaching experience under the direction of Hellgate Elementary School fourth-grade teacher Sue Rowe and UM Department of Curriculum and Instruction supervisor Diane Kowalski.
Curriculum and Instruction Partnership Awards went to social studies departments at Missoula’s Big Sky High School, Hellgate High School, Loyola-Sacred Heart High School and Sentinel High School. The departments were honored for their consistent enthusiasm and commitment to the preparation of future teachers.