Skaggs named Baker’s Exemplary Teacher
Merrie Skaggs, assistant professor of education, was selected as Baker University's Exemplary Teacher for 1999.
"It was a surprise," said Skaggs, who was told about the award as she was teaching one of her classes. "I didn't know I was being considered. This award is especially meaningful to me because I teach future teachers."
The annual award, sponsored by the United Methodist Church Board of Higher Education, recognizes a faculty member with outstanding service to the university, community and church. Winning this award makes Skaggs
eligible to win the National Exemplary Teacher Award.
"Merrie is an innovative and effective teacher, constantly striving to improve," said Stuart Dorsey, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. "She is a great model for elementary education students, both in class and through her community involvement."
Skaggs began at Baker in 1985, and has been involved in many church and community activities through the years.
"Her dedication is evident from her recent grant from NASA," said Dorsey. "She and Jean Johnson, associate professor of mathematics, have dedicated themselves to improving the teaching of math and science to elementary school children."