Lori Cash, of Columbus Signature Academy Lincoln Campus, received the 2020 Edna V. Folger Outstanding Teacher Award. Lori was honored during a special presentation at CSA Lincoln on August 5, 2020. Mrs. Cash will also be recognized as a part of the Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting held at The Commons on September 18, 2020.
Mrs. Cash consistently goes above and beyond in all dimensions of her life both in and outside the classroom. She is known to spend countless hours talking with parents, tutoring students, and mentoring and encouraging colleagues.
Lori’s career as an educator spans more than 30 years. She remains fully invested in the success of her students, peers, and school, currently serving on the CSA Lincoln Continuous Improvement Council and the School Guiding Team.
One parent described Mrs. Cash as the “whisperer”. She intuitively identifies unique qualities within each student. She helps to unlock their individual strengths and exceptional greatness so they confidently become the best version of themselves.
In Lori’s previous roles as a pre-school teacher, Adult Literacy Coordinator, and Book Buddies Director, and through involvement in her church, she has established relationships with countless community members who partner with her students to bring authenticity to Project Based Learning assignments.
Cash is very active in her church and serves as the Family Life Coordinator, caring for her church family and organizing community outreach events.
As part of the recognition, Mrs. Cash received an inscribed clock from the IUPUC Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL); a monetary gift from SIHO, the Community Education Coalition and the CTL; and her name will be added to a plaque in the Columbus Learning Center which lists all previous Folger Award winners.
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