Dr. Peter Schneller Named 2009 Great Teacher

April 27, 2009

Dr. Peter Schneller and President GieseMount Union College has named Alliance resident Dr. Peter Schneller, associate professor of education, as the College's 2009 Great Teacher.

The award was presented Thursday, April 23 at Mount Union's annual Senior Recognition and Honors Convocation.

Schneller earned a bachelor of arts in English/speech from Wittenberg University, a bachelor of science in elementary education from Kent State University, a master of science in education, reading specialist, from the University of Akron and a doctoral degree in teacher education from the University of Idaho.

A member of the Mount Union faculty since 1998, he is a dedicated and active professor, both on campus and off. He was advisor for Kappa Delta Pi, serves as treasurer of Phi Delta Kappa, has been heavily involved with NCATE certification and works closely with the Office of Admission in recruitment efforts. He created the comparative education course to teach candidates how to deal with diversity issues. For nine years, he has taken middle childhood students to Charleston, SC for service-learning work trips. In addition, he provides other valuable field experience for students, including with the Juvenile Attention Center in Canton, Alliance Navigators After-School Program and Tomorrow Center in Mt. Gilead. He has traveled to Russia and Christ College in India to assist with study abroad collaboration, and he has spent four months teaching at the Tibetan Childrens’ Villages School Teacher Training Center in Dharamsala, India during his sabbatical.

“I consider Dr. Schneller a great teacher because he is the one faculty member who has made the most impact on my classmates and my own college experience,” said one student nominator. “He has transformed my original ideas about middle school education into concrete, life-long values.  He has been an extremely motivating professor, advisor and mentor.  I am a caring, prepared and enthusiastic future middle school teacher, and with full confidence I am proud to say Dr. Schneller is the reason why.”   

“Dr. Schneller has taught me so much in the past four years,” said another student nominating Schneller. “He has been a great influence to my education here at Mount Union College. He truly lives the education department motto, ‘Caring Teachers Live What They Believe.’”

The Great Teacher Award, initiated in 1962, is sponsored by the Alumni Association and recognizes excellence in teaching - the foundation upon which the reputation of Mount Union has been built.

Schneller was chosen as this year's Great Teacher 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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