(INDIANAPOLIS, IN) Ann Harvey, Ed.D., Associate Professor of Reading Education at Western New Mexico University (WNMU), is the latest recipient of the Master Teacher of Honor Award from Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education. As the third recipient of the award this year, Harvey joins a select group of remarkable educators who have been recognized with this honor.
“Great teachers change lives by inspiring students to recognize their gifts and tolearn how to use them to pursue a worthy dream. Dr. Ann Harvey is one such teacher,” said Kappa Delta Pi International President Dr. Mary Clement.
Harvey has spent her entire 43-year teaching career serving as a teacher and literacy advocate for elementary students, preservice teachers, and community members. At WNMU since 2007, she has taught courses in content reading, children’s literature, and corrective reading courses, and served on several university committees. She also has been integral in developing the university’s online offerings. According to Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr.Faye Vowell, “[Dr. Harvey’s] contributions to the growth, development, and quality of WNMU’s online education reflect dedication to [her] students, teaching profession, and continued University support.” Twice, Harvey has been nominated for a WNMU Excellence in Teaching Award.
In her previous position at Columbia College of Missouri,Harvey was director of the Master of Arts in Teaching Program and chair of the accreditation review team. “Dr. Harvey’s tenure was marked by efficient time management and high energy,” said Dr. Becky Widener, Associate Professor Emerita at Columbia College. “She always found solutions to problems so that we saved time and money, and contributed to a collaborative working environment.”
Both Harvey’s students and the members of WNMU’s Alpha Epsilon Kappa Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, of which she is Counselor, frequently reach out to the local community. Harvey’s corrective reading class has tutored local second grade students, and the KDP Chapter holds fundraisers, participates in Literacy Alive! programs, and even held a visual phonics workshop for teachers and students. For five years, she was Vice President of Casa de la Cultura,which brought cultural experiences to disadvantaged students in the mining district.
Since the award’s establishment in 2011, Kappa Delta Pi has named a very select few as Master Teachers of Honor. This award recognizes both recipients and their schools for the accomplishment. To earn the Master Teacher of Honor designation, an educator must have more than 15 years of classroom teachingexperience, submit evidence of professional development, leadership, community service, and exceptional contributions to the education profession, and demonstrate a commitment to integrity and high standards in the classroom. The award recognizes teachers of all levels, from early childhood instructors to university faculty members.