June 13, 2003
CONTACT: Summer Wilhelm

EMU has most students honored at
Michigan Association of Teacher Educator awards

YPSILANTI - Eastern Michigan University had the most students from any institution recognized at the Michigan Association of Teacher Educators (MATE) ceremony recently at the Eagle Crest Conference Center in Ypsilanti. The event recognized the "Outstanding Student/Intern Teacher of the Year."

Those honored were Holly Hughes of Midland, Salli Kropp of Pinckney, Sara Lizbinski of Livonia and Elizabeth Sherrill of Belleville.

Hughes, who taught at Dexter's Wylie Elementary School, received the "finalist," or third place, award, while Kropp, Lizbinski and Sherrill received honorable mentions. Each was presented with a plaque and certificate.

"These awards show that honorees took the time and expended the energy to bring the best teaching practices to the classroom," said Thomas Kromer, director of MATE Student/Intern Teacher of the Year competition.

MATE is a professional organization dedicated to promoting knowledge and understanding of the teaching profession. MATE works with groups that strive to improve teacher education; promotes changes in the field; sponsors programs for student teachers; and provides forums for educational issues where parents, students and educators can find information about the state of education.