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Steinlein-Shapard Award goes to Washington educator

9/3/2002 4:38:00 PM

    LYNCHBURG, VA. — Ms. Carolyn Callaghan, English teacher and department chair at Governor John R. Rogers High School in Puyallup, Washington received the 2002 Steinlein-Shapard Secondary School Teacher Award from Randolph-Macon Woman's College in Lynchburg, Virginia at the College’s opening convocation on September 3rd. 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 R-MWC 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. Callaghan received her bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Oklahoma, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She earned a Masters in Teaching from Seattle Pacific University. She has been at the John R. Rogers High School since 1997. In addition to her role as a teacher, Ms. Callaghan has been an advisor for Ambassadors, a service organization, and has been active in the senior project portfolio committee. This past summer, she was part of the Boeing Educators Internship Program.

Callaghan was nominated by R-MWC sophomore Crystal Root, who praised her for taking a personal interest in her success. In her nomination letter, Root wrote, "I could not have survived high school without the constant presence and constant feedback of Ms. Callaghan. When I said I couldn’t, she told me I could. When I said I could, she told me not to get too cocky."

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