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April 7, 2001

UW-RF Professor Wins WCSS Service Award

UW-River Falls Teacher Education Professor DeAn Krey received the Wisconsin Council for Social Studies Service Award on March 23, at a luncheon during the annual convention in Milwaukee. The award is given each year to one person in recognition of service and scholarly contributions.

Krey has been on the executive board of WCSS for 30 years. From 1983 to 1985 she served as president of the organization. She was recently elected to serve another two-year term on the board, representing Northwestern Wisconsin.

Said Krey, "I should be giving the organization an award for all it has contributed to my life. Išve gotten as much back from the group as Išve given."

She said one thing she has gained is knowledge. Social studies is such a broad area, and there is so much to know. She attended conventions and participated in workshops, bringing new ideas back to the classroom.

She also gained by becoming part of a professional community that has goals similar to hers. This helped her to develop a professional identity. Finally, she gained friends. "I canšt leave that out," she said. "The friends Išve made are very important to me."

Krey has taught at UW-RF since 1969 and has been recognized at UW-RF as a Distinguished Teacher, the highest award the University can bestow. She teaches all of the social studies methods courses for elementary teachers at the graduate and undergraduate level.

The Service Award was created in the memory of R.J. (Jim) Snavely, who died of brain cancer. Snavely, who had worked as a curriculum director for a public school in Wisconsin, had made significant contributions to WCSS.

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