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OWU Education Professor Receives Ohio Teaching Award


March 9, 2001

DELAWARE, OHIO -- Amy McClure, professor of Education at Ohio Wesleyan University, is the recipient of this year's Ohio Outstanding English Language Arts Educator Award in the college category. She won the award which is sponsored by the Ohio Council of Teachers of English Language Arts (OCTELA) after submitting a portfolio including samples of her teaching materials, publications, and letters of recommendation from colleagues, students and administrators.

"She really deserves this award; she is by far one of the best education professors I've had," says OWU junior, Jennifer Ponstingle, an Early and Middle Education major. But this is just one example of the overwhelming praise declared by McClure's students. Her advice to these future teachers is to be concerned with each student's needs; to always stay current regarding teaching methods; and to create a community of learning in the classroom.

"Discussion and hands-on learning are the best ways to teach," says McClure, who rarely relies only on lectures in the classroom. OWU's President, Tom Coutice, was pleased about the news of this award. "Professor McClure presents unusually strong teaching and leadership skills," he says. "I am elated on behalf of Amy and her friends and colleagues."

The award, in the forms of a plaque and check for $200, was presented on March 2 at the OCTELA Spring Conference in Worthington, Ohio.