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June 22, 2015
A local teacher’s dedication to his students earned him a top honor from Northwest Missouri State University’s outreach centers.
The University presented James Wright, a sixth grade teacher at Carden Park Elementary School in St. Joseph, 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 Wright as this year’s winner June 20 during its fifth annual Northwest Night at the St. Joseph Mustangs game. Darryl Johnson, a Northwest alumnus and 2013 inductee into the National Teachers Hall of Fame, presented the award.
Carden Park Principal Lacey Adams nominated Wright, who recently completed his second year of teaching and his first at Carden Park. Adams said Wright’s students made significant gains in reading and math under his instruction. Wright teaches by the motto, “Let’s set a standard.”
“From the beginning, he focused on building relationships with his kids,” Adams said. “He serves a population of varied demographics and is known for being kind and holding his students accountable. His students love him and it shows. I’m proud to call him a colleague and a Carden Park Titan.”
This was the third year Northwest presented the Young Educator of the Year award. The award is an effort to bring awareness to younger educators in the region and the positive impacts they are having on students.
Saturday's fifth annual Northwest Night at the St. Joseph Mustangs game, sponsored by Northwest and its Alumni Association, drew a crowd of 3,379 fans dressed mostly in Bearcat green as the Mustangs lost, 6-3, to the Sedalia Bombers. In addition to the presentation of the Young Educator of the Year award, Mustangs players wore green jerseys and the night featured many Northwest-related contests and activities. Northwest men's and women's tennis head coach Mark Rosewell also threw a ceremonial first pitch, and Lauren Carr, a Liberty, Mo., native pursuing her master's degree in music education at Northwest, sang the national anthem.
Northwest’s St. Joseph and Kansas City centers offer a variety of graduate degree and certificate programs including a master’s in education, 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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