Outstanding Educator Award Recipient, 1999
Cathlene S. Denny
Educator of the Year Award
Each year FDEA recognizes an outstanding developmental educator. The winner is selected from those you nominate based on involvement in FDEA, contributions to developmental education, promotion of student success, and profession creativity.
This year's recipient has been very active in FDEA. She has served as secretary for the board, local arrangements chair, and helped with the first modern revision of the handbook. She is upbeat, honest, and supportive. She has brought fun and humor into every project she has worked on. She has a unique way of viewing her role as a teacher and developmental educator with the student with the work coming first and her own status coming last.
Promotion of student success is her theme song! No student who walks through her classroom doubts his or her capability, for she instills success in all. One may not learn as quickly as another, but every student can learn. One of her peers says, "I have seen her work hours with one student on one concept, but when he walked away, he knew that he had learned something new that afternoon and felt better for it.
She has innovated everything from games to songs to crosswords to fictitious characters to engage the minds of her students. Whether it be via costume, her own little sentence error "bugs," a pizza party or a water pistol threat, she has creatively grabbed the attention of students and fed them skills that only she knew they needed.
Her devotion to FDEA, developmental education, and to student success is unsurpassed. Our recipient of the 1999 Educator of the Year Award is Cathy Denny.
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