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McPherson College announces Dayton Rothrock Fellows recipients

posted Aug 22, 2007 in ALUMNI

McPherson College is pleased to announce two alumni, Harriet "Bunny" Hill and Cindy Pressnall, as the 2007 Dayton Rothrock Alumni fellows. This award honors professional educators who exemplify the goals and model the mission of the teacher education program by effectively blending the art and science of teaching.

Harriet "Bunny" Hill graduated from the college in 1970. Hill has served as Dean of Students, Head of Upper School and Head of Middle School at Wichita Collegiate. Her special areas of expertise include diversity education, learning disabilities, gifted students, classroom management, Excellence in education, college prep programs and adolescent development. She was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Kansas Association of Independent and Religious Schools in 2005. Other honors include the University of Kansas, College of Liberal Arts and Science High School Teacher Recognition Award and the Wichita Eagle All-Star Teacher Award.

"I have always been very student-centered. I believe in pushing students to excel and find that they love the challenge. I believe boredom is the death knell for most students who stop loving to learn," explained Hill. "I was well prepared at McPherson to teach and Dayton Rothrock was the head of the department and my practice teacher coordinator while there. I am honored and touched to receive this award. A career in education has given my life meaning and fulfillment".

Cindy Pressnall graduated magna cum laude from McPherson College in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education and special education.
She has been with USD 418 for 22 years. She is currently a kindergarten/first grade teacher at Roosevelt Elementary. She has experience in teaching general education and special education. Presnall served as USD 418 Curriculum Coordinating Council Chairperson and as a special education representative to that council. She has presented at in-services and workshops on topics including Quantum Learning, Boys Town Social Skills, 6-Trait Writing, Behavior Management, Best Practices and Portfolio Assessment at the school level, district level, college level and state level.

"The connection the college has with the school district is a unique one in resource availability of both instructional materials and great teachers," explained Pressnall. "ACCK offices located in Mac also provided the opportunity to take special education classes. I came in with experiences but needed to build a knowledge base of education and Mac College helped me to do that. I am excited to receive this award and know that what I have done is appreciated."

“The Teacher Education Board is pleased to recognize these outstanding educators for their contributions to the field," said Dr. Marilyn Kimbrell, Professor and Chair of the Education Department at McPherson College.

The Dayton Rothrock Fellowship was initiated in 2004 in honor of Dr. Dayton Rothrock ’47, who spent 32 years serving his alma mater as a faculty member, department chair and trustee. He was named Professor of the Year in 1984-85 and now holds the title of professor emeritus of education and psychology.

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