9/3/2001LYNCHBURG, Va. — Ms. Linda Ingram, principal of the World Community Education Center in Bedford, Virginia received the 2001 Steinlein-Shapard Secondary School Teacher Award. The award, which includes a $1000 honorarium, is given annually to a secondary school teacher who has had a significant impact on the life of a Randolph-Macon Woman's College student. It was established by a gift from Mr. and Mrs. Robert P. Shapard, III (Virginia Muller ’57) in honor of Ms. Shapard’s former teacher at Bayside High School in Queens, New York, Ms. Helen B. Steinlein. Nominations are solicited each year from the members of the sophomore and junior classes at the College.
Ms. Ingram received her bachelor’s degree from Thiel College where she majored in biology and education. She has been at the World Community Education Center since 1983 and has held numerous positions there. The World Community Education Center is a small school with about fifteen students, ages 2 to 18. Since their first graduate, five young women have graduated, all of whom are attending R-MWC. In addition to being the principal, Ms. Ingram teaches preschool, junior high mathematics, biology, and earth science, and senior high biology and physics.
Ingram was nominated by R-MWC sophomore Aliya Gifford, who praised her for her ability to build self-confidence in her students, a quality that serves them well both inside and outside the classroom. "She showed us that we could deal with any problem we faced, physics-related or not, even if we had not encountered it before," wrote Gifford. She credited Ms. Ingram with giving her "the confidence to explore, ask questions, and try new things."
Founded in 1891, Randolph-Macon Woman's College is one of the premier women's colleges in the country, ranking among the top ten percent of all colleges and universities nationwide in the percentage of its graduates who go on to earn Ph.D's. Study at R-MWC combines coursework, internships, study abroad, and co-curricular activities in a rigorous and coherent educational program for women.
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