Student receives 2010 Teacher of Promise Award

Recent Bethany College graduate Serenity House, Salina, Kan., has been selected for the Kansas State Department of Education’s Teacher of Promise award. House will be recognized with Bethany College’s other recipient, Roni Whitman, Peetz, Colo., at the Kansas Exemplary Educator’s Network (KEEN) luncheon Feb. 25-26 in Topeka.

The Teachers of Promise award is one of several honors presented by the Kansas State Department of Education to help recruit and retain the best Kansas teachers for Kansas children.

House and Whitman are honored as two of Bethany’s brightest prospective teachers who have demonstrated professional commitment, achievement and leadership while in their teacher preparation programs. They will also attend and participate in a community conversation workshop conducted by the Interim Commissioner of Education Dr. Diane DeBacker.

Assistant Professor Eric Hyler, education department chair, stated that he is “proud to identify two of Bethany’s outstanding, hard working December graduates.” He also added that the department was “pleased that these future educators will have the opportunity to attend share sessions to learn more about education programs that meet the ever-changing needs of students.”

Kansas colleges and universities may each nominate two student teachers for this award. Bethany’s winners were chosen from a pool of nominees selected by members of the Bethany College Education Department. Those who were nominated best exemplify ability in the following areas: classroom environment, professionalism, instructional abilities and planning and preparation.

House majored in instrumental music teaching while Whitman majored in health and physical education.

Both House and Whitman completed their student teaching experiences and graduated from Bethany College in fall 2009.