Education

Connor Loomis wins The Barbara Olmo McInnis ’57 Prize!

Connor Loomis, our Teacher Certification “Rock Star” was honored this year with The Barbara Olmo McInnis ’57 Prize, awarded annually to an outstanding student in teacher education.

Established by Ray Hamilton ’57, this award is given to a student teacher that best embodies exceptionally good qualities in their student teaching experience.

In the words of Dr. John Spencer, Chair of the Education Department, “You richly deserve this award, and we’re very pleased to be able to recognize you with it. Throughout your time at Ursinus, and in all of our Education classes, you have stood out for your professionalism and your commitment to, and achievement of, excellence in everything you do. It has been a pleasure to teach you and work with you, and I was also fortunate to be able to read and see you present your honors research, which was truly impressive and fascinating.”

The McInnis award comes with a $150 check, a certificate, and a prize book. For the book, Dr. Spencer chose How We Teach Science: What’s Changed, and Why It Matters (Harvard University Press, 2019), by John L. Rudolph.  Rudolph is a former K-12 science teacher and now a professor and historian of science education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. This book was selected based on Connor’s passion for teaching and learning in biology and in science in general, and this book will provide Connor with a broad and stimulating perspective on those subjects.

On behalf of the Education Department we are all really proud of your accomplishments!