Barbara Thurmon CMU Exemplary Teacher

Peers tab education professor for honor

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The annual United Methodist Church Exemplary Teacher Award for Central Methodist University will be presented to Professor Barbara Thurmon, who has been with CMU since 2008 as an assistant professor of education.

Criteria for the Exemplary Teacher Award includes teaching excellence, civility and concern for students and colleagues. Other factors are a commitment to a value-centered education, and service to students, CMU, the community or the church. The recipient is chosen by the CMU faculty.

Thurmon is the faculty advisor for over 50 students of education at CMU. She also represents three different student organizations as the faculty advisor including Sigma Pi Alpha social organization, Student Missouri State Teachers Association, and the National Educators Association. Thurmon also serves on the Education Preparation Assessment committee.

Being able to stay involved with the students, and the atmosphere of CMU, is what creates the learning experience for students, Thurmon said. She believes that what makes an education from Central special is "the closeness of the campus, knowing your peers and actually getting to know the faculty and staff."

Having been a faculty member at other institutions, Thurmon said there really hasn't been a place quite like the respectful, mannerly, and safe home for students, faculty, and staff that can be found at CMU.

Thurmon received her Bachelor of Science in Education degree from the University of Missouri and her master's degree from Central Methodist University in 2002.

Thurmon will officially receive the United Methodist Church Exemplary Teacher Award at Convocation in August of the 2014 fall semester.


Posted April 8, 2014