2013 Recipient
Milly Harden, a fourth-grade teacher at Richards Elementary School, has been named the 2013 Edna V. Folger Outstanding teacher. She was recognized on February 26, 2013 during the Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce's annual meeting.

Harden, who has been an educator for over 35 years, has taught kindergarten, first, second, fourth, and fifth grades at Mt. Healthy, Petersville, Taylorsville, Parkside, and Richards Elementary Schools. She is noted for encouraging and motivating her students while also inspiring and supporting her peers.

As part of the recognition, Harden received an inscribed clock from IUPUC's Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), a monetary gift from Faurecia Emissions Control Technologies, and her name will be added to a plaque in the Columbus Learning Center listing all previous Folger Award winners.

CTL thanks partners Faurecia Emissions Control Technologies and the Community Education Coalition for supporting this prestigious annual award to recognize excellence in education.

Send Mrs. Harden a note of congratulations at hardenm@bcsc.k12.in.us.

Folger Award

The Edna V. Folger Outstanding Teacher Award, given by the Center for Teaching & Learning (CTL) at IUPUC in partnership with the Community Education Coalition and Faurecia, recognizes teachers who are role models for other members of the profession.

The purpose of this annual award is to renew awareness of the immeasurable influence teachers have on students and to recognize the traditional image of the teacher as a community role model.

It is presented to full-time, elementary or secondary classroom teachers working in a Bartholomew County public, private, or parochial school.


Contact the Center for Teaching & Learning at IUPUC for complete details, including nomination instructions and due dates.

In general, nominations should include why the nominee has gone above and beyond the expectations of a good teacher based on his or her:

  • Dedication to the profession
  • Ability to motivate students
  • Teaching competency and ability
  • Innovation in curriculum or style of teaching
  • Relationship to students, parents, and peers
  • Example as a community role model
  • Other contributions