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King University News :: KU Alumna Susan Hampton named Winner of 2014 McGlothlin Award for Teaching Excellence

BRISTOL, Tenn., June 11, 2014 –Susan Hampton was named as the secondary level winner of the 2014 McGlothlin Award for Teaching Excellence at a ceremony held at Radford University in April 2014. Hampton was one of two recipients of the $25,000 award. The awards ceremony was jointly conducted by the McGlothlin Foundation, Blue Ridge PBS, and Radford University’s College of Education and Human Development.

“To be chosen from a group of educators that are just phenomenal and to know there are so many educators who deserve the award was very humbling,” said Hampton. “God has blessed me beyond my wildest imaginations. I want to take these opportunities He has given me to improve myself as an educator and make a positive difference.”

Hampton, who received her Bachelor of Arts in Behavioral Science/Elementary Education from King University in 2003, and her Master of Science in Educational Leadership from Radford University in 2013, currently teaches eighth grade English and Reading at Virginia Middle School in Bristol, Va. She also developed and teaches video production which airs a daily show on the school’s news program, WVMS. In addition to her B.A. and M.S., Hampton completed the National Board Certification for Professional Teaching Standards in 2007.

“Susan is a remarkably gifted educator who is student focused, dedicated, and compassionate,” said Dr. Cara Anderson, dean of King University’s School of Education. “For several years, Susan assisted King’s Teacher Education program through her service on the Teacher Advisory Council. The council made up of community leaders, teachers, principals, and administrators offers their expertise as they look at our work, consider new programs for the School of Education, and offer insight into what we might do to improve the Teacher Education program. Susan served for six or more years, which is an example of her commitment to not only students but also the preparation of teachers.”

Upon announcing this year’s award recipients, McGlothlin Foundation President Tom McGlothlin said, “The Foundation's goal is for the awards to inspire recipients, their students, their peers, and indeed, their entire school. It is our intent to find the best teachers in today's classrooms around our region. We want to recognize their fine work, reward them for it, and by so doing inspire others to the high qualities they exemplify. Certainly, this award will recognize in a rather significant way what we consider one of the most important professions-and one with so many unsung heroes.”

The McGlothlin Foundation was created in 1998 to support worthy causes in higher education, health care, and the arts in southwest Virginia, West Virginia, eastern Kentucky, and northeast Tennessee. The McGlothlin Award for Teaching Excelling is awarded yearly to a Kindergarten–Grade 5 public school teacher and a Middle/High School public school teacher who each excel in their fields. This award is intended to recognize innovative full-time classroom teachers with at least five years of experience from core curriculum areas, and foreign language, special education, art, and music, who have not previously won major awards in education. A requirement of the award is that $10,000 of the prize winnings is to be used, within a year, for international travel to broaden the thinking and experience of the winning teachers, further enhancing their excellence as professional educators.

Hampton is planning two international trips. “I chose to travel to countries that have consistently ranked at the top for quality of education. I am anxious to visit their teachers and administrators in their school systems. I hope to bring back some innovative ideas both for my classroom and our school system.”

This fall, Hampton will travel to New Zealand and Australia, visiting schools in Cairns, Alice Springs, Adelaide, and Sydney in Australia, and Queenstown in New Zealand. “While there, I will write blog entries and create regular videos to air on the WVMS news for a ‘Where in the World is Mrs. Hampton’ segment. I will give clues about where I am each day. Students will be able to research throughout the course of the day and submit answers for prize drawings. A second video explaining the correct answer to my location will also air each day. In addition, I will blog so students can follow along my journey.”

In 2015, Hampton will travel to schools in Finland and Denmark.

Reflecting on her journey to becoming an educator, Hampton told of how she came to King to become a teacher because God opened the door. “I went back to school at King to get my teaching degree as a non-traditional student once my children reached middle and high school. I worked fulltime in housekeeping at King while carrying at least 18 to 22 credit hours per semester until time to do my student teaching. I maintained a 4.0 throughout my studies and finished with a 3.99 GPA. The Lord opened the door for me to both work and earn my degree at King.

“King helped to mold and shape me into the educator I am today,” added Hampton. “Without King University, I am not sure I would have had the opportunity to finish my degree as a non-traditional student and be able to go into the classroom and make a difference.”

To anyone considering going back to school to earn their degree, Hampton said, “It is never too late to go back and get an education. King University is one of the best schools in our region. We are very fortunate to have an institution of such high quality right in our back door.”


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