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June 25, 2013
A local teacher’s dedication to her students earned her a top honor from Northwest Missouri State University's outreach centers.
The University presented Lauren Rosier, a second grade teacher at John Glenn Elementary School in Savannah, with its Young Educator of the Year award. The award, presented by Northwest’s outreach centers in St. Joseph and Kansas City, is given to a non-tenured teacher who has demonstrated evidence of service above normal expectations.
The University announced Rosier as this year's winner June 22 during its annual Northwest Night at the St. Joseph Mustangs game. Darryl Johnson, a Northwest alumnus and 2013 inductee into the National Teachers Hall of Fame, and Dr. Joyce Piveral, dean of Northwest's College of Education and Human Services, presented the award to Rosier.
“I was very excited and honored to even be nominated for this award,” Rosier said. “When I heard my name come across the loud speaker I was just in shock that I won.”
John Glenn Principal Vance Vanderwerken nominated Rosier not only because of her excellence in the classroom, but because of something she did for a struggling student.
“Unfortunately, one of her students became critically ill this year,” Vanderwerken wrote. “Not only did Lauren have her class make cards for him, make several trips to KU Medical Center to visit and stay in close contact with his parents, she went far above for her student. Knowing his love for soccer, Lauren contacted Sporting KC soccer team to inform them of her student and his condition. The organization arranged for a visit from one of his favorite soccer players.”
This was the first year Northwest presented the Young Educator of the Year award. It began as an effort to bring awareness to younger educators in the region.
Dr. Terry Barmann, director of outreach at Northwest, said the award is meant to shed light on the positive impacts educators are having on local students.
“We had some very deserving candidates,” Barmann said. “But what Lauren has done is definitely deserving of some recognition. We are lucky to have her as an educator.”
Rosier said she did what any teacher would do given the circumstances.
“He (her student) is going through a difficult time,” she said. “I just wanted to bring some joy into his life. I care about all of my students and would do anything for them.”
Northwest’s St. Joseph and Kansas City centers offer 20 graduate degree and certificate programs including 19 in education ranging from master's, education specialist and education doctorate degrees, as well as a Master of Business Administration. For more information, visit www.nwmissouri.edu/kc.
Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
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