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Three Tristate Teachers to be Honored at UC’s December Commencement Ceremony

UC’s sixth-annual Cincinnati USA Outstanding Educator Awards will be presented at Commencement on Dec. 11.

Date: 12/1/2010 12:00:00 AM
By: Dawn Fuller
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Photos By: Lisa Ventre and Dottie Stover

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  • One 38-year teaching veteran says his family tree includes a former UC president.
  • A 37-year veteran of teaching has fueled young women’s interest in the science fields.
  • Another 29-year teaching veteran has long been active in UC’s K-16 partnerships.

    All three will be honored with UC’s sixth-annual Cincinnati USA Outstanding Educator Award as the University of Cincinnati celebrates all-university Commencement at 10 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 11, in Fifth Third Arena at Shoemaker Center.

    Each of the honorees will be presented with a $1,000 scholarship to be awarded to a student of his or her choosing who plans to attend UC in the 2011-2012 academic year.

    Earlier in the fall, future UC graduates from the Tristate region were invited to honor the K-12 educator who inspired their dreams of a higher education. The nominations were reviewed by a UC committee that included representation from the Office of the President, UC faculty, staff and students.

    The recipients of the 2010 Cincinnati USA Outstanding Educator Award are:


    Sandy Campbell – This marks the second year in a row that a St. Ursula Academy teacher has been recognized with the Cincinnati USA Outstanding Educator Award. Campbell is a 37-year veteran of teaching, including 31 years at St. Ursula. She will be honored by Emily Head, who graduates with a degree in chemical engineering next June. “She cared for the student as a whole person, not just how they were performing academically,” says Head. “Without Ms. Campbell’s guidance and her knowledge about chemistry that she shared with me during my high school years, I would not be a senior at the University of Cincinnati, just two quarters away from graduating with a chemical engineering degree.”



    Doug Miller – Miller, a 29-year veteran of teaching is one of two Deer Park High School teachers who will be honored at the ceremony. His former student, Emily Van Pelt, who now attends UC’s Raymond Walters College, says it was Mr. Miller who gave her the confidence to pursue a career in nursing. She recalls that part of her high school experience in Mr. Miller’s classroom included medical education-related field trips to UC.



    Ted Shaw – Shaw has dedicated all 38 years of his teaching career to Deer Park High School. Raymond Walters College student Christina Castrucci says to this day, she keeps an inspirational poem on her desk that she first heard from her former high school English teacher. “Ask anyone from Deer Park High School, and I bet they can say at least one line from that poem,” she says.

    UC’s December Commencement ceremony recognizes graduates who finished their associate, bachelor or master’s degrees last summer or this fall.

    UC Commencement Website