Poplin And Okenye Win Education Graduate Awards At Lee University

Friday, August 30, 2013
From left, Dean of HDCOE Dr. Bill Estes, Mary Ann Poplin (the Schimmels Teaching Award Winner), Kaylee Kennedy Okenye (the Riggins Writing Award Winner) and Gary Riggins.
From left, Dean of HDCOE Dr. Bill Estes, Mary Ann Poplin (the Schimmels Teaching Award Winner), Kaylee Kennedy Okenye (the Riggins Writing Award Winner) and Gary Riggins.

The faculty of the Graduate Studies in Education at Lee University have named Mary Ann Poplin and Kaylee Kennedy Okenye as the recipients of two of its highest honors in the Helen DeVos College of Education. 

Ms. Poplin was selected as the 2012-13 winner of the Cliff Schimmels Classroom Teaching Award, and Ms. Okenye received the Gary L. Riggins Graduate Education Writing Award.

Ms. Poplin recently completed the Master of Arts in Teaching degree and is currently employed with the Cleveland City School system.

Ms. Poplin, an elementary art teacher, sees the creative arts as “a valuable tool to teach other subjects.”  She, along with her Mayfield Elementary students, wrote, illustrated and published a book this spring, titled, “The Very Courageous Cowboy.”

The Cliff Schimmels Award is presented annually to the graduate student demonstrating outstanding teaching in the classroom. It was named in honor of former professor Dr. Cliff Schimmels, a nationally acclaimed educational expert who passed away in May of 2001. 

Ms. Okenye, who also recently completed the MAT program, teaches chemistry and math at Polk County High School.

Ms. Okenye’s award-winning thesis, “Molarity, Moods, and Monomials:  The Impact of Attitudes Toward Science and Math At Polk County High School,” explored high school students’ attitudinal differences toward STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) courses. Ms. Okenye is originally from Oregon and currently resides in Cleveland.  

The Gary L. Riggins Graduate Education Writing Award was established to honor Dr. Gary L. Riggins, the longtime director of graduate programs in education at Lee.  It is given annually to the graduate student who demonstrates superior writing skills and is determined by a vote of the graduate faculty. 

“On behalf of our faculty, we are pleased to recognize the distinguished work of these two recipients,” said Dr. Gary Riggins.  “They represent the best and brightest Lee has to offer our community, and I know that their students are in the competent hands of exemplary educators.”

For more information about these awards please contact the Helen DeVos College of Education at 617-8175.
   



Lee Public Relations Students Launch Statewide Home Matters Campaign At State Capitol

Lee University’s 423 PR Bateman Team will introduce their campaign, titled “Be a Neighbor. Be a Volunteer. Be Tennessee.” to raise awareness of the national movement, Home Matters, at a press conference and reception on Monday at the Legislative Library on the second floor of the Tennessee State Capitol.  Speakers will include State Rep. Kevin Brooks, President and ... (click for more)

PHOTOS: 22nd Annual Verve Dance At Baylor

Appeals Court Rules Against WWTA In Lawsuit Brought By Apartment Complex Over $8 Monthly Charges To Units

The Tennessee Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of an apartment complex that sued the Hamilton County Water and Wastewater Authority (WWTA) over an $8 monthly charge per apartment unit for preparing private service laterals. The court overturned a granting of summary judgment in favor of WWTA by former Judge Jackie Bolton. The appeals court said American Heritage Apartments, ... (click for more)

Barrel Feared To Contain Hazardous Materials Safely Removed From Waterway At Short Tail Springs Road

A couple walking their dog on Sunday in the Highway 58 area called 911 reporting a strange barrel leaking a blue substance in the waterway. The barrel was later safely removed. The Highway 58 Volunteer Fire Department responded around 2:30 p.m. to 7900 Short Tail Springs Road. Fire officials found a 55-gallon barrel in the waterway, but there were no visible signs of a blue ... (click for more)

It's Time To Insure Tennessee - And Response

Tennessee has a problem.  What is the value of saving the lives of 1,000 Tennesseans each year? That is exactly what can be expected if 176,000 Tennesseans gain health insurance through Insure Tennessee. A New England Journal of Medicine study showed that expansion of Medicaid was associated with a 6% reduction in yearly mortality for people in the 34-65 age group. Statistically, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Boots, Idiots & Guns

As the month of February was born this morning, allow me to hurriedly share three leftovers that were still in last month’s basket: * * * A first-grade teacher had endured a long day and was helping her students bundle up for the trip home when one of the little boys asked for help getting on his boots. Soon she could see why. Even with her pulling, and him pushing, the ... (click for more)