Alex Sandoval, associate lecturer in special education, was awarded the 2019 Janet Rahamut Award. This award recognizes the faculty member that exhibits the most heart for students evidenced by frequent interaction and positive involvement with them outside the classroom.
The award is named in memory of Dr. Janet Rahamut, an English professor whose tragic death in 2000 shocked the campus and left a tremendous void in the collective heart of the Lee family. The award was created to honor Dr. Rahamut’s dedication to her students, in and out of the classroom.
“As a former student, and now a member of the faculty, I always heard of Dr. Rahamut’s legacy of service, and I am honored and truly humbled to receive this recognition,” said Mr. Sandoval.
Mr. Sandoval joined Lee’s faculty in 2010 where he currently serves as an associate lecturer of special education in the Helen DeVos College of Education. Prior to Lee, he had several years of experience in the Georgia public school system, where he worked as a special education teacher and autism consultant.
He received his master’s degree from the University of Missouri and his bachelor’s degree from Lee University.
“As a member of the Lee University family, I am fortunate to engage on a daily basis with co-workers and students who model and live a life of service,” Mr. Sandoval said.
A student committee led by the Student Leadership Council chairperson and sponsored by Dr. Mike Hayes, vice president of student development, chooses the recipient of the Rahamut Award. Mr. Sandoval was presented the award during a chapel service in April.