Celebration of Excellence

Celebration of Excellence 2022

The Celebration of Excellence ceremony is an annual tradition where we honor the outstanding achievements from across the School of Education. After two years of this event being held virtually, this year’s celebration was once again held in-person.

“This ceremony focuses on internal awards presented by the school,” said Jeff Anderson, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education. “There would be no way to recognize the many external awards that our faculty, staff, and students have received over the past year.

Read the full program for more information about the awards.

Award Categories

Research, Development and Innovation Awards

AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING RESEARCH
Cindy Hmelo-Silver, Counseling and Educational Psychology

AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING PARTNERSHIP AND COLLABORATION
Theresa Ochoa, Curriculum & Instruction 

AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING INTERNATIONAL ENGAGEMENT
Curtis Bonk, Instructional Systems Technology

AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION ACHIEVEMENTS
Tennisha Riley, Counseling and Educational Psychology

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Provost’s Award for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity

SOCIAL SCIENCE
Chamberlin/Wheeler-Bell

PROFESSIONAL INQUIRY
Valentine/O’Neal

PERFORMANCE AND CREATIVE ARTS AND HUMANITIES
Young and Clark/Weltsek

SOCIAL SCIENCE AND HUMANITIES
Meghan Langford/Christina Jones

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IACTE Outstanding Future Educators

Kylee Moore Hagan
Grace Isabel Nugent
Katie Paolillo 
Alexa K Sucharetza 
Brandon K Swann 

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Jane Kaho Staff Recognition Awards

Olarinde Dominic, Educational Technology Services
Julius Hanks II, Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Cindy Bell, Clinical Experiences - Office of Undergraduate and Teacher Education

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Student Academic Center Award

Sharon Pauly

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Associate Instructor Outstanding Teaching Awards

Jiyoung Kim, Instructional Systems Technology
Jasmine N. Hawkins Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
Dasha N. Carver, Counseling and Educational Psychology 
Alexis L. Pandelios, Counseling and Educational Psychology  (Presenter: Joel Wong)
Weverton Ataide Pinheiro, Curriculum & Instruction
Claire Dresslar Cesljarev, Curriculum & Instruction 

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Outstanding Adjunct Instructor Award

Matthew Nussbaum, Counseling and Educational Psychology 

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Award for Excellence in Mentoring

Gamze Özoğul, Instructional Systems Technology

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Student Choice Award

Kelly Williams, Curriculum & Instruction

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Trustees Teaching Award

Lucinda Carspecken, Counseling and Educational Psychology
Kathryn E. Engebretson, Curriculum & Instruction
Amy J. Hackenberg, Curriculum & Instruction
Cindy Ann Kilgo, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
Bradley A. Levinson, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
Heather E. Ormiston, Counseling and Educational Psychology 
Amy Pickard, Instructional Systems Technology  
Dubravka Svetina Valdivia, Counseling and Educational Psychology 

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Holmes Scholars

Da’Ja’ Askew
Alyse Harris
Chandler Hawkins
Vanessa Johnson
Jesus Navarro
Mariah Pol
Albertha Sabree
Tamika Smith
Clara Thomas

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Burton W. Gorman Distinguished Teaching Award

Jessica Nina Lester, Counseling and Educational Psychology

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Armstrong Educators 2022-23 Cohort

Kara Bauges, Inspire Academy 
Amy Cole, Tipton High School 
Tina DuBrock, Lake Central School Corporation 
Leigh Anne Eck, George Rogers Clark Middle School 
Nina Graue, North Decatur Jr/Sr High School 
Sara Mobley, Edgewood Primary School 
Bethany Moore, Lanesville Elementary School 
Bethany Newsom, Lebanon Community School Corp 
Stephanie Nuckols, North Clay Middle School 
Whitney Reed, Hatfield & Burris Elementary Schools 
Beth Small, Coulston Elementary School 
Rashieta Woods, Allisonville Elementary School 

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Jacobs Educators

Melissa Bardack, Indiana Online Academy, Instructional Specialist 
Cindy Crannell, PreK-4, STEAM Teacher, River Forest School District Willard Elementary 
Katie Reynolds, 4th/5th Grade CS Teacher, Edgewood Intermediate School, Franklin Township Community Schools 
Ryan Bean, K-8 CS Teacher, Sense Charter School 
Rebecca Bersani, 1-6, STEAM Teacher, Blue Academy, MSD of Decatur Township 
Danielle Rigsby, 4th/5th Grade CS Teacher, Kitley Intermediate School, Franklin Township School Corporation 
Steve Auslander, K-5 Technology Teacher, Allisonville Elementary, MSDWT 
Lauren Bohn, K-5 STEM Teacher, Camden Station Elementary, Oldham County Schools

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