Karen Nading, Columbus East High School and C4 - Columbus Area Career Connection, received the 2019 Edna Folger Outstanding Teacher Award. Nading has taught family and consumer science for more than 43 years. She is sponsor for the Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) chapter at CEHS, which is one of the largest of its kind in the state of Indiana. FCCLA focuses on leadership development and community service, and the CEHS chapter has received recognition at both the state and national levels.
Through engaging instructional approaches and a personal connection with her students, Nading encourages students to achieve their educational goals and full potential. She has been instrumental in helping develop new curriculum and statewide career and technical education pathways. Ms. Nading was a pioneer opening doors for diverse and non-traditional students to learn about nutrition and wellness in an active learning environment.
Nading has a keen eye for spotting promising future educators. This is evident by the number of FACS teachers all over Indiana who credit Nading’s influence and encouragement in their career choice. She mentors these emerging educators as well as her peers and colleagues in other subject areas.
Nading is active in her local church and encouraging the next generation of church leaders and “doers”. Nading also supports 4-H in Bartholomew County, and has taught a Sewing Camp for over 15 years.
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