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UM School Of Education Seeks Nominations For IMPACT Awards

impact-graphicThe University of Mississippi’s School of Education is seeking nominations for its most prestigious student award, the Griffin Family Education IMPACT Award. Each year, this award honors four students who are making significant and positive differences in the lives of pre-k through 12th-grade students. 

“This is our top student award for education majors, and typically, the winners are a mix of undergraduates and graduate students,” said Andrew Abernathy, UM communications specialist. “We like to look for people who are making a positive difference in the classroom and have a visible passion for teaching.”
Award winners are nominated by their peers and then selected by School of Education faculty. These winners can be from any of the UM campuses and enrolled in any of the degree programs offered through the School of Education. Nomination applications can be found here.

Andrew Abernathy, photo courtesy of the School of Education

“The winner can be a senior elementary education major from UM DeSoto or a first-year teacher in the Mississippi Teacher Corps,” Abernathy said. “They just have to be in a UM education program and making a positive impact in the lives of students.”
The Griffin Family Education IMPACT Awards were created in 2013 with a $125,000 gift from Ed and Jan Trehern to the School of Education. The fund and awards were set up to recognize UM students who, even before graduation, are already making strides to positively influence students in pre-k through 12th-grade.
The name of the award honors Jan Trehern’s parents, Ralph and Jerry Griffin who were both invested in education. Jan Trehern’s mother was a Mississippi public school teacher and her parents, the Griffins, supported their daughter as she followed her mother’s footsteps and earned her own education degree from the University of Mississippi. Ed Trehern also began his successful career as a high school football coach and teacher. 
This gift by the Trehern family makes it possible for the UM School of Education to continue the Griffin legacy of supporting future teachers and allows the school and faculyt to acknowledge those students who have a passion for teaching and improving the lives of the P-12 grade students in their classroom. 
The deadline for nominations for the 2017 Griffin Family Education IMPACT Award is Monday, April 3.

Amy Goodin is a writer for HottyToddy.com. She can be reached at argoodin12@gmail.com.
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