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Kathleen Hanson receives Outstanding Educator of the Year Award

April 20, 2016

Northwest Nazarene University honored alumna Kathleen Hanson with the 2015-16 L.E. Wesche Outstanding Educator of the Year award in chapel on Monday, April 18. The award is given each year to an alumnus who has provided distinguished service in the field of education.

Hanson, NNU class of 1974, first obtained her BA in Elementary Education from NNU, as well as her master’s degree in curriculum and instruction in 1986. She earned an Educational Administration Certificate from the College of Idaho in 1992.

Hanson is currently an educational consultant for the state of Idaho where she provides workshops for administrators and teachers in Teacher Quality Practice, Supervision and Observation Certification, Student Engagement, and Instructional Coaching. An expert in Charlotte Danielson’s Framework for Teaching, Hanson has assisted four Idaho school districts in the development of a supervision and evaluation model for administrators and teachers to use in their districts. She also provides consulting services for the Danielson Group and Adaptive Schools and has facilitated workshops across the United States and the Virgin Islands in the Framework for Teaching. Hanson was the co-author of “Walk Across Idaho,” an Idaho curriculum celebrating Idaho’s centennial in 1990.

Hanson has been impacting students and educators for over 40 years. She served as a classroom teacher for 19 years, teaching students from pre-school to 6th grade in both the Minidoka County and Nampa School Districts. Hanson also served the Nampa School District for 16 years as an administrator including roles as an assistant principal, principal, human resources administrator and curriculum administrator. In addition to her work in public schools, for the past 30 years Hanson has taught a variety of education courses as an adjunct faculty member at Northwest Nazarene University and also served as a supervisor for student teachers.

The Wesche Award is named in honor of Dr. Lilburn Wesche, NNU faculty emeritus, who graduated from Northwest Nazarene College in 1951. During his 30-year career at NNU, he was a professor, head of the education department, director of teacher education, director of graduate studies, interim academic dean and chair of the division of professional studies. Award recipients are current professionals who make a positive impact in the field of education that extends beyond the classroom.