March 31, 2005
The Regional Center for Teaching and Learning at Morningside College presented the national Alumni Educator of the Year and the Siouxland Alumni Teacher of the Year awards at a special banquet held in their honor on Wednesday, March 30, in the Randolph Room of the Olsen Student Center.
Morningside alumna Dr. E. Ann Struthers, visiting professor of English and Writer-In-Residence at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was recognized as the 2005 Alumni Educator of the Year. The recipient of the Siouxland Alumni Teacher of the Year award was presented to Barbara Malloy, fourth grade teacher at Westwood Community School District in Sloan, Iowa.
Morningside College President John Reynders and Dr. William Deeds, vice president for Academic Affairs and dean of the college, presented the awards. Nancy Mounts, director of the Regional Center for Teaching and Learning, and Marilyn Heilman, associate professor and chair of the education department at Morningside, offered remarks.
To be considered for the awards, candidates must exemplify the qualities of an effective educator, have made a significant contribution to the field of education, and have had a positive impact on students and their families.
Prior to joining Coe College in 1986, Struthers was a Writer in the Schools for the Iowa Arts Council. She taught literature and creative writing at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa, and Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Struthers is a frequent speaker and has had her work published in numerous literary journals and anthologies including The North American Review, The American Scholar, The Hudson Review, The Christian Science Monitor, The Encyclopedia of American Literature, and others. She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize three times and is the author of four collections of poetry including “What You Try to Tame,” published in 2004 by The Coe Review Press, and “Stoneboat,” published in 1985 by Pterodactyl Press. She was one of three Iowa poets invited to read her poetry at the Des Moines National Poetry Festival in 1992.
Struthers received her bachelor’s degree in English from Morningside in 1952. She holds a master’s degree and a doctorate in modern letters from the University of Iowa in Iowa City. She has been the recipient of several fellowships including three Fulbright Fellowships to Syria and Sri Lanka.
Malloy received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Morningside College in 1974. Prior to joining the Westwood Community School District in 1979, she taught second grade at West Monona Community School District in Onawa, Iowa. She held the offices of president, vice president, treasurer, and head negotiator in the Westwood Education Association and was a member of the principal advisory committee.
Malloy is a member of the WE Care team at Westwood, which works on interventions for students with behavioral and academic concerns. She has been a trainer for the Iowa Collaborative Assessment Modules (ICAM) for math and worked on Westwood’s math and reading standards in the Iowa Technical Adequacy Project (ITAP). She was awarded the 1999 Masonic Teacher of the Year by Attica Lodge 502.
Alumni nominees from other school districts included:
Sioux City Community School District: Deborah Ammons, Craig Dickman, Karen Taylor Burton, Kelli Tuttle, and Jackie Warnstadt.
Iowa: Patricia Armstrong, Storm Lake; Lori Baade, Pocahontas; Dan Hunter, Jeff Moreau, and Daniel Washburn, Sergeant Bluff-Luton; Shawna Paskert, Woodbine; Randy Uhl, Lawton-Bronson; Lisa Wiese, Cherokee.
Nebraska: Angela Bennett, Newcastle; Michelle Delperdang, Heidi Hodgins, and Diane Woodford, South Sioux City; Lanette Von Seggern, Pender.
South Dakota: Lora Milne, Madison.
The Regional Center for Teaching and Learning at Morningside College was founded by the college in 2001 and works collaboratively with other institutions and agencies to improve education in the tri-state region.
For more information, contact Nancy Mounts at (712) 274-5139.