Karen Nading receives 2019 Edna V. Folger Outstanding Teacher Award
Karen Nading of Columbus East High School and C4 - Columbus Area Career Connection received the 2019 Edna Folger Outstanding Teacher Award, presented at the Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting held on March 28, 2019. 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 both highly motivated as well as struggling 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 continues to engage in professional development to remain fresh and at the top of her teaching game. She also 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 serves as a Christian Education Leader, encouraging another 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 Folger Award includes a monetary gift from award sponsor, Faurecia Clean Mobility, as well as an inscribed clock from the IUPUC Center for Teaching and Learning. Nading’s name will be added to a plaque in the Columbus Learning Center listing all previous Folger Award winners.
For more information on the Edna Folger Outstanding Teacher Award, contact Marsha VanNahmen at the IUPUC Center for Teaching and Learning.