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February 20, 2018
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Symposium Celebrates Grad Students’ Achievements

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Sierra Nevada College graduate students pursuing a Master of Arts in teaching shared their work and research among a distinguished panel of guest judges March 19 at the 2018 graduate symposium.

The panel consisted of Allison Mattick, 2016 Graduate Symposium award winner; McAvoy Layne, Mark Twain impersonator; and Jim Watson, retired assistant superintendent for Lake Tahoe Unified School District. The judges had a lot on their hands, distributing awards amongst four unique students with their impactful projects. Winners included:

Amy Barbera – Mark Twain Award for Excellence in Writing, Communication, and Presentation

Megan Dee – The Eagle Award for Outstanding Professional Project

Terin Kirk – Maria Meyerson Award for Creativity and Innovation in Curriculum Design

Diane Machen – Provost Award for Achievement of Excellence in Research and Impact on Teaching Practices

“It was my joy to see these exemplary students return to SNC and participate in this symposium,” Phase II Director Sheryl Watson shared. “As I reflect on the event, the honorees, the distinguished judges, the engaged audience, and the support of our department of teacher education, I felt the evening was almost magical.”

Contributing to the magic of the evening, was a guest appearance by exemplary SNC alumna Pilar Biller, who didn’t just return as a 2016 Master of Arts Teaching graduate but as the 2018 Nevada Teacher of the Year. Biller’s attendance generated great excitement and also the creation of a new award to be added to this symposium: The 2018 Outstanding Educator Award-Alumna.

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“She was given a stool to utilize in her classroom, which the Department of Teacher Education felt was reflective of her teaching accomplishments,” Watson said.  “The new award was an honor to Biller as well as an honorable addition to the symposium for following years.”

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