Dr. Mandy Capel Named Great Teacher

April 24, 2014

ALLIANCE, Ohio – Dr. Mandy Capel, associate professor of education at the University of Mount Union, was presented with the 2014 Great Teacher Award during the University’s annual Senior Recognition and Honors Convocation on Tuesday.

Capel, a 1998 graduate of Mount Union, earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in curriculum and instruction from Kent State University, a Master of Arts degree in the art of teaching from Marygrove College and a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education. She has been a member of the Mount Union faculty since 2007 and has played an integral role in the shaping of the Masters of Arts in Educational Leadership program.

Capel was recently awarded tenure and promoted to associate professor at Mount Union and will be taking her sabbatical in Australia next year. The title of her sabbatical project is “Australian Study for Leadership Project (ASLP) Examining and participating in leadership practices in an international education institution: A narrative inquiry study with one of Western Australia’s oldest independent schools.” In addition, Capel’s research interests include democratic education, creativity, leadership, environmental literacy, philosophy for children and early childhood education.

“My nominee served as more than a teacher for us in the education department,” one student nominator said of Capel. “This individual was a mentor, friend, voice and inspiration for us. My nominee genuinely cared about all of us as students, but more importantly, as people who are about to go out into the world. This individual was always willing to listen to our problems and help us with anything that we needed. My nominee goes above and beyond.”

This student’s opinion reflects Capel’s own personal beliefs about Mount Union.

“Mount Union is a perfect balance of our emotional and cognitive systems,” said Capel. “It is a place where students can feel cared about and intellectually challenged. The best part of my job is exploring educational experiences with my students and working with others across campus for the greater good of the campus community.”

The Great Teacher Award, initiated in 1962, is sponsored by the Mount Union Alumni Association to recognize excellence in teaching. Capel was chosen by a selection committee consisting of the officers of the senior class, the two past recipients of the Great Teacher Award, the president and immediate past president of the Alumni Association and the president of the National Cabinet of Mount Union Women.

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