The transformative power of a quality educator knows no bounds. An effective teacher has the potential to directly influence the lives and future career paths of their students daily.

For this reason, Sam Houston State University’s College of Education recognizes educators who have made a significant contribution to the field in an awards ceremony each year. Waxahachie ISD Superintendent Dr. Jeremy Glenn was among the honorees.

“The Distinguished Educator of the Year ceremony offers a unique opportunity for the COE to honor several of its most accomplished alumni who have made a positive difference through careers in education,” Dean of the COE, Stacey Edmonson said. “Our honorees represent urban, rural, and suburban communities and include all types of educators who have had distinguished careers as teachers, counselors, librarians, administrators and higher education professionals.”

This year, the Distinguished Educator of the Year recipients were honored on March 3, in the Lowman Student Center Ballroom for their demonstrated expertise and outstanding service in the classroom, school, district and community.

Wanda Bamberg, superintendent of Aldine Independent School District and a 2016 recipient of the award, emceed the event.

“The COE’s Distinguished Educator of the Year event is unique because the focus is totally about celebration-- for great work resulting from great programs. I was honored to receive this award myself and it was truly a highlight of my career,” Bamberg said. “Many SHSU COE alumni look forward to the event and finding out who will be recognized each year.”

The 2018 Distinguished Educators of the Year recipients were Glenn, Don Stockton, superintendent of Conroe ISD; Linda Blackburn-Harris, board member on the Dayton ISD Board of Trustees; Kevin Weldon, a retired superintendent of Tarkington ISD; and Jimmy Adams, Dean of Media Arts and Technology Center of Excellence at Houston CC.

Glenn graduated with his Doctorate in Educational Leadership from SHSU in 2008. He has been an educator for 18 years, with 10 of those years as a superintendent. He has served as a teacher, coach, principal, assistant superintendent and superintendent.

“Celebrating our distinguished alumni reminds us of just how important, and how impactful, educators are. One of Isaac Newton's most well-known quotes said, ‘If I have seen farther, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.’ Our distinguished educators are giants, people who have given their careers and dedicated their lives to be the shoulders that shape, guide and influence our children,” Edmonson said. “The Distinguished Educator of the Year award allows us as a college and community of educators to celebrate and honor these dedicated educational professionals and their contributions.”

This award is the highest honor the COE at SHSU can bestow upon its alumni.