Timothy DeStefano Named Mount Union College Great Teacher

April 06, 2010

Mount Union College has named Timothy DeStefano, assistant professor of music, as the College's 2004 Great Teacher.

 

The award was presented Thursday, April 22 at Mount Union's annual Senior Recognition and Honors Convocation. The Great Teacher Award was initiated in 1962 and is sponsored by the Alumni Association. The award recognizes excellence in teaching - a foundation upon which the reputation of Mount Union has been built.

DeStefano is the director of the marching band and wind ensemble. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in music education and his Master of Education in music education from Kent State University.

DeStefano joined the Mount Union faculty in 1995. Previously, he was director of music for Jackson Local Schools.

One student who nominated DeStefano for the award said, "Mr. DeStefano is a great teacher because he inspires and motivates students to do their best. I know that, because of his influence as a band director and teacher, I will be a better music educator myself."

Another student commented, "Mr. DeStefano gives 110 percent. He always shows up early for class and in a perfect mindset to teach."

"I have found that Mr. DeStefano is one of the most caring teachers I have had at Mount Union," said another student. "He is very committed to his students and always eager to help them. He is very concerned for the students' well being."

DeStefano was chosen as this year's Great Teacher by a selection committee consisting of officers of the senior class, the past two 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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