Campus News: Bilbo Award Winners Announced

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Bilbo Award Winners Announced
- 5/21/2021

Bilbo Award Winners Announced


The Helen DeVos College of Education recently honored the winners of the Dr. Jimmy W. Bilbo Excellence in Student Teaching Award. The 2021 recipients are Ben Conley, Maddie Larson, Lauren Mills, and Lindsey Scott.


"These teacher candidates truly represent the excellence that the Helen DeVos College of Education seeks to instill in all our teacher candidates," said Dr. Shane Brown, assistant professor of education. "We are excited about the life-changing impact they, along with their peers, will have for the Kingdom and for well-deserving students across the globe."


Conley, an art education major from Madisonville, Tennessee, student-taught at Walker Valley High School and Athens City Middle School for his first and second placements.


Larson, from Cumming, Georgia, is a special education major. She served at Bradley Central High Schools and at Candy's Creek Cherokee Elementary.


Mills is a music education major from Delmar, Maryland. She did her student teaching at Rhea County High School and at Michigan Avenue Elementary School.


Scott, from Thompson Station, Tennessee, is a middle grades education major. She taught at Cleveland Middle School and at Ocoee Middle School.


Each semester three or four student teachers are chosen to receive the Bilbo Award. Established in the spring semester of 1996, this award recognizes excellence in student teaching and is presented each semester at a student teacher banquet.


The Excellence in Student Teaching Award is given in memory of Dr. Jimmy W. Bilbo, who was instrumental in developing and leading Lee's Teacher Education Program for 35 years. Winners are nominated by their cooperating teachers and principals to receive this honor.

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