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December 15, 2000

UW-RF Announces Outstanding Service Award Winner

The University of Wisconsin-River Falls has named Linda Beedy, a third-grade teacher from Woodbury, Minn., winner of the 2000 Outstanding Service Award for her work with UW-RF student teachers. Beedy received the award at fall commencement on Saturday, Dec. 16.

Beedy has served as the liaison between the College of Education & Graduate Studies at UW-RF and Highland Hills Elementary School in St. Paul, Minn. She assists in a field component of Block II, a section of courses in which elementary education majors spend about 100 hours in classrooms as pre-student teachers. She has ensured field placement of nearly half of the students enrolled in Block II each year for the past 13 years. During that time, she has personally mentored 52 elementary education majors, spending 100 hours with each of them in her classroom.

UW-RF has been recognized by the National Education Association as one of the 10 best Colleges of Education in the nation, in part because of the strong Block II field component of the elementary education courses.

The University relies heavily on public schools to help it prepare students for teaching. According to the teacher education department faculty who nominated here, without Linda Beedy the University would not have been able to maintain the field component of teacher education. Her commitment to UW-RF has been the mainstay of the student teacher program.

Beedy was surprised by the announcement of the award. "I felt I was only one of many teachers who has supported the program and has been willing to work with the students. It has been a learning experience for the pre-student teachers as well as for me," she said. She is thankful to the University for the honor, and to the professors and students from the education department for the nomination.

The Outstanding Service Award, sponsored by the Universityıs Alumni Association, was established in 1983 to recognize an individual, corporation, or governmental body that has made exemplary contributions to the mission of the University. The contributions may include personal time and energy, leadership, support and/or monetary donations.

Beedy has taught at Highland Hills Elementary for nearly 30 years. She will retire this year.

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