Monday, February 18, 2013

SBU graduate education students receive honors

Southwest Baptist University News Release
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Chris McClimans
Tracy Daniels
Shane Dublin

SBU graduate education students receive honors

BOLIVAR, Mo. – Three students in Southwest Baptist University’s new educational doctoral program have received regional recognition for their work as principals and have been nominated for statewide awards from the Missouri Association of Elementary School Principals and Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals.

Chris McClimans, principal at Osceola Elementary School in Osceola, Mo., has been selected as this year’s Missouri Distinguished Principal from the Central District of the MAESP. He was a fifth-grade teacher before becoming elementary principal in Osceola 11 years ago. He is one of 12 principals from MAESP districts around the state who will be honored March 9 at a reception and banquet at Tan-Tar-A Resort at Osage Beach. He completed his master’s and specialist degrees at SBU.

Nominees are recognized as outstanding elementary principals for their achievements and to honor the importance of the role of the elementary principal in achieving quality education. They were selected by their colleagues for achievements above and beyond those expected in a school program.

Shane Dublin, principal at Bolivar Middle School in Bolivar, Mo., was named 2012-13 Middle Level Principal of the Year from the Southwest District. Dublin has served as the principal at BMS for the past seven years after serving as principal at Half Way Junior and Senior High for one year. He taught sixth-grade math and seventh-grade Spanish for five years before that. He earned his undergraduate degree in middle school education from SBU and is a graduate of the SBU Educational Administration program.

He is one of eight finalists for the state Principal of the Year award that will be awarded in March.
The recognition is based on the principal’s impact in the areas of collaborative leadership; curriculum, instruction and assessment; and personalization of the learning environment.

Tracy Daniels, in her second year as principal of Bolivar Primary School in Bolivar, Mo., was chosen to represent the Southwest District of MAESP as a Missouri Exemplary New Principal and is a finalist for the state award. She completed a master’s degree at SBU. She taught first and second grade for five years and was assistant principal at Bolivar Intermediate School before becoming principal at BPS.

This recognition is given for outstanding performance in the demonstration of skills that reflect the best in educational leadership.

About the SBU Doctor of Education program

Southwest Baptist University offers a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership specifically to prepare leaders and administrators for service in school administration and other leadership roles in various non profit or church affiliated organizations. The University’s Graduate Studies in Education also offers six degree paths for a master’s degree and a specialist degree in educational administration.

For more information about SBU’s graduate programs in education, call (417) 328-1700 or (800) 792-4191.

Southwest Baptist University is a leader among private universities in truly integrating Christ-centered academic pursuits with comprehensive professional programs at an affordable price. At SBU, the faculty and staff create a caring, academic community to prepare students to be servant leaders in a global society. For more information, visit