Left to right Ken Borland, BGSU vice president for academic affairs and provost, Sarah Carver, recipient of the Distinguished Part-Time Teacher Award, William Balzer, BGSU Firelands Dean, and Kathie Mueller, president of BGSU Firelands College Advisory Board.

Huron, Ohio – Bowling Green State University Firelands College honored one of its best at the 42nd annual Recognition Program held Friday, April 29, in the Cedar Point Center.  Sarah Carver of Castalia, Ohio, a mathematics instructor at the college, was honored as the 2011 Distinguished Part-Time Teacher.

According to one of her nominators, “Sarah constantly demonstrates her abilities to stimulate the intellect of students and communicate the subject matter in a clear, effective manner, utilizing a diversity of teaching methods/techniques.  She is a true ambassador for the College and we are very fortunate to have her as part of the BGSU Firelands Family.”

Carver has been teaching at BGSU regularly since 2007; however, she first taught at the college in 1987.  She also has extensive experience in primary and secondary education.  She taught mathematics at Margaretta High School from 1985-2002 and at the Frances C. Richmond School, Hanover, NH, from 1979-1984.

Carver is a member of the Ohio and National Councils of Teachers of Mathematics and has held the position of Director of the Ohio Council’s Northwest District.

Carver was a Martha Holding Jennings Scholar in 1997-1998, earned the Golden Apple Achiever Award in 1997, and was named the Ohio Council of teachers of Mathematics Northwest District Secondary Teacher of the Year award in 1997. 

Carver earned a master of science for teachers in mathematics from the University of New Hampshire, Durham, and a bachelors of science in education from BGSU.  She is a certified mathematics teacher for grades 7 to 12 and holds a professional certificate in library media for grades kindergarten through 12.

Recipients of the Distinguished Part-Time Teacher Award are nominated by students and selected by a committee of their peers. 

Criteria for the Distinguished Part-Time Teacher award includes scholarly knowledge of the subject matter, careful organization and preparation for courses, an ability to generate enthusiasm for the field and for learning, demonstrated ability to stimulate the intellect of students so as to foster skills in critical thinking and independent analysis, ability to communicate the subject matter in a clear, effective manner, utilization of a diversity of teaching methods/techniques and sensitivity and responsiveness to students, both in and out of the class context. 

In addition, candidates must have teaching experience at BGSU Firelands for at least six semesters including, but not limited to the semester of nomination and must not have received the award within the past five years.  Candidates do not have to be currently teaching if other criteria are met.

For additional information or photos, contact Dean Schnurr, director of marketing and communication, at 419.372.0613 or via e-mail at dschnur@bgsu.edu

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