Concordia University, St. Paul alumna and education faculty member Dr. Lynn Gehrke (B.A. ’79, M.A.Ed. ’98) was honored by the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences International with the 2013 Education School Professor of the Year Award at the 2013 Bammy Awards Sept. 21 in Washington, D.C.
“It is very humbling to be recognized for my teaching," Gehrke said. “At the same time, receiving this honor makes me want to keep improving my teaching skills. I'll never stop learning, never stop wanting to be a better teacher.”
A professional educator with more than 25 years of experience teaching students at all levels, including Pre-K through the collegiate ranks, Gehrke has coordinated Concordia’s Early Childhood Education online programs since 1999. She credits faculty in Concordia’s Department of Teacher Education with inspiring education students every day.
“My teacher education colleagues are amazing,” Gehrke said. “Together, we work to inspire the students in our teacher education courses to look for the best in their students, to set attainable yet challenging goals for them, and to help them see school as a learning place. We do that by looking for the best in our students, setting attainable yet challenging goals for them, and helping them see the classroom as a learning place.”
The Bammy Awards were created in response to the tremendous national pressure on educators and education leaders to improve student outcomes, the impact of high-stakes accountability and the intense scrutiny that today's educators face. The awards aim to foster cross-discipline recognition of excellence in education, encourage collaboration and respect in and across the various domains, elevate education and education successes in the public eye, and raise the profile and voices of the many undervalued and unrecognized people who are making a difference in the field.
The Bammy Awards is a national celebration of the value of education, educators and life-long learning. The honors are presented by the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences International, which includes education leaders, education professors, journalists, editors, researchers, commentators, advocates, activists, visionaries and pioneers.