Monsour Named Outstanding Educator
Florence Monsour, professor of teacher education and co-chair of the department of teacher education at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, recently received the 2003 Gordon M.A. Mork Outstanding Educator Award from the University of Minnesota.
The award was presented at the University's Spring Recognition and Awards Celebration. U of M representatives Steven Yussen, dean of the College of Education and Human Development, and Robert Koenig, president of the College of Education and Human Development Alumni Society, presided at the ceremony.
The award recognizes a graduate of the U of M College of Education and Human Development who has demonstrated excellence in the field of school-based education. The criteria include contributions to the field of education, willingness to share proficiency with fellow educators, setting a good example for others to follow, and providing leadership in local, state or national education organizations.
Monsour has taught at UW-RF for the past 12 years. She currently teaches educational psychology and co-teaches the internship and seminar for the principal internship. She also serves as coordinator for the principal licensure program.
Her philosophy on education is that you learn by doing. Since students learn more as active participants, she focuses her classroom activities on role playing, cooperative groups, simulations and other activities that get students involved and participating. Monsour has been an active promoter of the Service Learning program. She worked in the past with others to obtain a Wisconsin Partnerships in Service Learning grant, which was funded at the federal level, and has recently applied for a grant to continue Service Learning efforts.
Her research has focused on service learning and mentoring, and she has published a number of articles on the two areas.
"Dr. Monsour is a dedicated professional willing to put in the time to work with others whether it is advising students, supervising student teachers or mentoring junior faculty members," said Connie Foster, dean of the College of Education and Professional Studies at UW-RF. "As co-chair of the teacher education department, she has done an outstanding job moving the department forward on a number of critical issues."
Monsour received her undergraduate degree in art education from Hamline University, a master's degree in school psychology from University of St. Thomas and a master's degree in special education from UW-RF. For 14 years she taught in Minnesota schools, both public and private, at every grade level. She received her doctorate from the U of M in 1992.
Monsour said she continues to learn from her students as she prepares them for their own classrooms. "Teaching is not a one-way street," she said. "I learn from students as much as they learn from me. I have high expectations for my students. They are hard workers and so am I."
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