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Local Teacher Honored As Dual Credit Faculty Member

Ivy Tech Community College honored Samantha Woodard, an English teacher at Parke Heritage High School, as one of 19 individuals across the state selected to receive the second annual Excellence in Dual Credit Instruction Award, the highest honor for Ivy Tech dual credit faculty. Winners were announced at a special ceremony  June 14 in Indianapolis and the event concluded with the 2023 Statewide Award recipient, Dr. Christine Herr of Ivy Tech Richmond.

The College honored each of the winners for their excellence in instruction and their positive impact on the dual credit students they served during the 2022-23 academic year. A selection committee determined the honorees based on nominations from their colleagues.

“Dual credit faculty provide students with skills, knowledge, and competencies aligned with clear career pathways and seamless college transfer,” said Ivy Tech President Sue Ellspermann. “Dual credit programming taught by credentialled high school faculty is of tremendous value to our students and our state. By helping students earn post-secondary credentials while in high school, we’re accelerating Indiana’s economic growth and Hoosier prosperity.”

Jane McMullen, a guidance counselor from Parke Heritage High School nominated Samantha Woodard for her commitment that goes far beyond the classroom. “Woodard breaks down college-level instruction into manageable pieces for our high school students. She runs a very disciplined, yet fun, learning environment,” wrote McMullen. “Woodward is also very dedicated to 4-H, the community library, our local sports groups, and many other community support groups.”

For the full article, see the July 12 edition of the Parke County Sentinel.