Dr. Ann Harvey Named Kappa Delta Pi 'Master Teacher of Honor'

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Ann Harvey, Ed.D., Professor of Reading Education at Western New Mexico University (WNMU), is the latest recipient of the Master Teacher of Honor Award from Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education.

Ann Harvey, Ed.D., Master Teacher of Honor

“Great teachers change lives by inspiring students to recognize their gifts and to learn how to use them to pursue a worthy dream. Dr. Ann Harvey is one such teacher,” said Kappa Delta Pi International President Dr. Mary Clement.

Ann Harvey, Ed.D., Professor of Reading Education at Western New Mexico University (WNMU), is the latest recipient of the Master Teacher of Honor Award from Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education. Harvey joins a select group of remarkable educators who have been recognized with this honor since its establishment in 2009.

To earn the Master Teacher of Honor, an educator must have more than 15 years of classroom teaching experience; submit evidence of professional development, leadership, community service, and exceptional contributions to the education profession; demonstrate a commitment to integrity and high standards in the classroom; and have been recognized as a Kappa Delta Pi Teacher of Honor. The award recognizes teachers of all levels, from early childhood instructors to university faculty members. Harvey has spent her entire 43-year teaching career serving as a teacher and literacy advocate for elementary students, preservice teachers, and community members.

“Great teachers change lives by inspiring students to recognize their gifts and to learn how to use them to pursue a worthy dream. Dr. Ann Harvey is one such teacher,” said Kappa Delta Pi International President Dr. Mary Clement.

Harvey has taught courses in content reading, children’s literature, and corrective reading courses, and served on several university committees. She also has been integral in developing the university’s online offerings. According to Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Faye Vowell, “[Dr. Harvey’s] contributions to the growth, development, and quality of WNMU’s online education reflect dedication to [her] students, teaching profession, and continued University support.” Twice, Harvey has been nominated for a WNMU Excellence in Teaching Award.

Both Harvey’s students and the members of WNMU’s Alpha Epsilon Kappa Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, of which she is Counselor, frequently reach out to the local community. Harvey’s corrective reading class has tutored local second grade students, and the KDP Chapter holds fundraisers, participates in Literacy Alive! programs, and even held a visual phonics workshop for teachers and students. For five years, she was Vice President of Casa de la Cultura, which brought cultural experiences to disadvantaged students in the mining district.

The Master Teacher of Honor and the Teacher of Honor awards recognize both recipients and their schools for the accomplishment. To earn the Teacher of Honor designation, an educator must have more than 3 years of classroom teaching experience, submit evidence of professional development, leadership, community service, and meaningful contribution to the education profession, and demonstrate a commitment to integrity and high standards in the classroom. The award recognizes teachers of all levels, from early childhood instructors to university faculty members.

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Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education, is a 501 (c) (3) organization established in 1911 to recognize and promote excellence in education, provide a reasoned voice for significant issues, and link learning communities of educators. Through its programs, services, and strategic partnerships, KDP supports the professional growth and teaching practices of educators throughout all phases and levels of their careers. The organization currently has more than 600 chapters and an active membership of 43,000 worldwide.

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