The School of Education at Anderson University will host Kimberly Oliver, the 2006 National Teacher of the Year on Tuesday, February 6, at 10 a.m. in the lobby of Reardon Auditorium. Oliver will speak to Anderson University Education majors and other invited guests. The public is invited to attend this free event. On April 26, 2006, Oliver, a native of Silver Spring, Maryland, was named the 2006 Teacher of the Year during a White House ceremoney with President George W. Bush.
In her six years as a kindergarten teacher at Broad Acres Elementary School, Oliver has helped create and implement several programs to ensure consistency in curriculum, instruction, and assessment throughout the school, impacting more than 500 students. Thanks to her efforts, her school made improvements on local, state, and national tests, and in 2001 was the number one school in her school system for percentage increases in test scores. In 2003, 2004, and 2005, they met or exceeded all requirements of the No Child Left Behind legislation.
In order to promote literacy throughout her community, Oliver helps sponsor “Books and Supper Night,” an event held four times a year that allows families to visit the school and check out books from the library. Working with colleagues, Oliver wrote and received grants to purchase electronic learning systems, tape players and books in English and Spanish to send home with students, taking the burden off of parents who struggle with language barriers or illiteracy.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in English Arts from Hampton University and a master’s degree in Elementary Education from Wilmington College. Oliver has taught at Broad Acres Elementary School since 2000.
Oliver was chosen National Teacher of the Year from among the 2006 State Teachers of the Year. Selected by the oldest and most prestigious awards program to focus public attention on excellence in teaching, Oliver began a year as a full-time educational spokesperson in June 2006. The National Teacher of the Year Program, sponsored by ING in partnership with Scholastic, is a project of the Council of Chief State School Officers.
The National Teacher of the Year is chosen from among the State Teachers of the Year by a national selection committee representing the major national education organizations. Each April, the National Teacher of the Year is introduced to the American people by the President of the United States. The National Teacher of the Year is released from classroom duties during the year of recognition to travel nationally and internationally as a spokesperson for the teaching profession. All activities of the National Teacher, and projects involving the State Teachers of the Year, are coordinated through the National Teacher of the Year Program. For more informaiton visit: www.ccsso.org .
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2008, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the fourth consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.