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APSU launches new Distinguished High School Teacher Award;

When APSUs graduating seniors take their seats in the Dunn Center in May, they will be joined by special guestshigh school teachers who were selected for making a difference in the lives of some of the graduates.

The APSU Distinguished High School Teacher Award, which will be presented annually, enables each senior to nominate one high school teacher who made a difference in his/her life.
When APSU's graduating seniors take their seats in the Dunn Center in May, they will be joined by special guestshigh school teachers who were selected for making a difference in the lives of some of the graduates.

The APSU Distinguished High School Teacher Award, which will be presented annually, enables each senior to nominate one high school teacher who made a difference in his/her life.

A committee representing faculty, staff and students, chaired by Professor Emeritus of Accounting Lawrence Baggett, will review nominations and identify the finalists. Additional information about the finalists will be gathered from principals, fellow teachers and others.

Up to four teachers will be selected annually. They and the students who nominated them will be guests at a special pre-Commencement luncheon. Besides being recognized during the luncheon and at Commencement, each teacher will be given a $1,000 check from APSU.

“There are so many dedicated, hard-working teachers in our high schools, and they seldom get any public recognition,” Dr. Sherry Hoppe said. “Many students tell us about specific high school teachers who encouraged and inspired them. Some say they would not be here today, were it not for those teachers.

“Our graduating students now have a way to thank those teachers and, with the $1,000 check, say to them, ‘I wish I could repay you.'”

Hoppe decided to initiate this special recognition program because it supports the University's efforts to instill lifelong learning in students. Statistics indicate that, unlike their parents, few students today will remain in the same job until retirement. Either they will change jobs several times, or the job will evolve as different needs and new technology emerge.

“In our rapidly changing world, the greatest job skill one can have is the ability to learn how to learn, and the best way to learn how to learn is to love to learn,” Hoppe said. “Who instills the love of learning in students? Great teachers, the ones who inspire and encouragethe teachers we had in mind when we established the APSU Distinguished High School Teacher Award.”
APSU students who will graduate in December 2005 or May 2006 are urged to nominate a teacher for this honor. Online nominations will be accepted from Nov. 1 through Dec. 1, 2005. The Web site address for nominations will be provided prior to Nov. 1, 2005.

All nominations must be received no later than Thursday, Dec. 1, 2005. For more information, telephone Carol Clark, executive assistant to the president, at (931) 221-7570 or contact her by e-mail at clarkc@apsu.edu Dennie B. Burke