Southwestern College Names Katie McNett and Azure Henwood ‘Teachers of Promise’

October 25, 2012

Winfield, Kan., Oct. 25, 2012 — The Southwestern College education department has recognized Katie McNett, Wellington, and Azure Henwood, Derby, as “Teachers of Promise.”
McNett is the daughter of Cindy and Mike Clift and Scott McNett.

“This award is a huge honor and encouragement to me,” McNett says. “I hope to always be a positive and motivating role model in the classroom. To have the opportunity to be recognized for these efforts and learn from some of the current outstanding teachers is incredibly humbling and exciting.”

Henwood and her husband, Ben, have three children and live in Derby. She is the daughter of Steve and Emily Murphy.

“I am honored to represent Southwestern College as a recipient of the Teacher of Promise award,” Henwood says. “Accomplishing my educational goals would not have been possible without the support of my family and friends. I would like to extend my gratitude toward the college professors that have positively impacted my educational experience.”
According to Jackie Glasgow, coordinator of student teaching at Southwestern, each year Kansas colleges and universities with teacher education programs are invited to name two individuals to be recognized as “Teachers of Promise.” These individuals will be honored at a Nov. 17 banquet in Wichita.

“In this selection process, the teacher education program faculty of SC typically considers those individuals who are presently in their student teaching semester through both the campus and professional studies cohorts. With the continued growth of our program, the pool of potential candidates continues to grow, making the final selection challenging,” Glasgow says.

Glasgow continued that in naming “exemplary” candidates, attributes of effective professional educators are considered, similar to those utilized in identifying the Kansas State Teacher of the Year. Those attributes include demonstrating a strong commitment to the teaching profession, planning and delivering effective lessons which attempt to meet the learning styles and needs of all students, building team relationships with colleagues, supervisors, and parents, and engagement in the greater school community.

Southwestern College is a private institution granting undergraduate and graduate degrees and is affiliated with the United Methodist Church. About 1,700 students attend classes at the main Winfield campus, at six professional studies sites in Kansas and Oklahoma, or online around the world.