Wednesday, July 25, 2012

SBU’s Dr. Wooderson Elected President of MACTE

Southwest Baptist University News Release
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BOLIVAR, Mo. – Southwest Baptist University’s Dean of the College of Education and Social Sciences Linda Wooderson was recently elected as President of the Missouri Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (MACTE).

Dr. Linda Wooderson
Prior to her election as president of MACTE, Dr. Wooderson served for six years as executive board member representing the private educational institutions of Missouri (2004-2010) and two years as president elect (2010-2012).  

MACTE holds two conferences each year in Columbia, Mo., and is an organization represented by all public and private educational institutions in Missouri.  The purpose of MACTE is to stimulate improvement in programs of teacher education through the assembly of representatives from teacher education institutions in the State of Missouri who are interested in working collectively to achieve the following objectives:

  1. To be representative of the education of professional education personnel before all segments of the public, including the state legislature, as a special professional enterprise, carrying with it responsibilities for the development of competent citizens.
  2. To cooperate with organizations and agencies to improve the environment for the preparation and development of professional education personnel in the State of Missouri.
  3. To stimulate and facilitate research, experimentation and evaluation in the development of professional education personnel and in related problems of learning and teaching.

Dr. Wooderson earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Southwest Baptist College in Bolivar, Mo., a Master of Science degree from Drury College in Springfield, Mo.; an Ed.S. from Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri; and an Ed.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia in Columbia, Missouri.

Dr. Wooderson taught for 10 years at Weaubleau Public School in Weaubleau, Mo., before coming to SBU. The classes included elementary physical education, middle school social studies, seventh-grade science, American History, and Health. Dr. Wooderson has been the Bolivar Swim Coordinator for the past 20 years.


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