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Aug. 5, 2010
MARYVILLE, Mo. - Diana White, an alumnus of Northwest, was awarded the Distinguished Service Award on July 27 by the Missouri Business Education Association (MBEA) during the organization's summer conference.
White retired in the spring after 34 years a business teacher. She taught business education at Rock Port R-II for four years before becoming a business education teacher at Mound City R-II, where she taught for the last 30 years.
"To spend your life's career doing what you love and what you feel is the right thing to do for the students, learning from others in the various organizations that all seem to be networked together, and then being recognized by your peers is indeed a very humbling, blessed experience," White said.
White graduated from Northwest in 1976 with a business education degree. In 1988, she completed her master's from Northwest in teaching with an emphasis on using computers.
Having known and worked with White in various roles during the last 30 years, Dr. Nancy Zeliff, professor in Northwest's computer science and information systems, said White was a valued leader who understood the importance of professional development.
"Diana has provided valuable academic and career education skills and knowledge to hundreds of students," Zeliff said. "In addition, she has mentored pre-service business teachers in their student teaching, practicum experiences and first years of teaching. She indeed has provided distinguished service to business education and her community."
White was selected among nominees who are retiring business educators, who have made outstanding and meritorious contributions to the development and the advancement of business education, who are members in good standing in MBEA, and who have held an MBEA membership for at least 10 years.
MBEA is a statewide association of middle school through college business teachers.
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