Three Education Faculty Recognized for Expertise, Service

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A Golden Apple Award for Drs. Marcy Stein and Diane Kinder and a Lifetime Achievement Award for Dr. Belinda Louie are examples of the School of Education's impact on the community.

Three faculty members in UW Tacoma’s School of Education have recently been recognized for their engagement with and contributions to their communities and disciplines.

Drs. Marcy Stein and Diane Kinder

UW Tacoma School of Education's Drs. Diane Kinder and Marcy Stein, fifth and sixth from left.

Professor Marcy Stein and Professor Diane Kinder received the Golden Apple Award from the Sumner School District in September 2017, in recognition of their work preparing teachers for both general and special education through a dual-certification program. The citation accompanying the award reads, in part, “Their commitment to preparing future teachers, particularly in high-needs environments, is a testament to their love of all students. Their unique and innovative program design … helps districts across our region fill critical teaching positions, especially given the current teacher shortage.”

Previously, Drs. Stein and Kinder received the 2015 UW Tacoma Distinguished Community Engagement Award, recognizing their work with Communities in Schools Tacoma and with Project RTI and the Franklin Pierce School District. Dr. Stein received the 2006 UW Tacoma Distinguished Research Award for her scholarship in the areas of special education, reading and math instruction, curriculum analysis and textbook adoption.

Dr. Belinda Louie

UW Tacoma School of Education's Dr. Belinda Louie and her husband Dr. Douglas Louie, second and third from left.

Professor Belinda Louie and her husband, Dr. Douglas Louie, both received Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Northwest Asian Weekly Foundation at that organization’s gala celebrating the 35th anniversaries of the Seattle Chinese Post and the Northwest Asian Weekly in October 2017.

The citation accompanying the recognition states that the award “honors individuals’ leadership of and unwavering commitment to the Asian American community in the Pacific Northwest. [The Louies’] tenacity, passion and generosity over three decades have made the Asian American community stronger, bolder and more compassionate with a vibrant force.”

Dr. Louie’s work focuses on the teaching of English language learners. She has been one of UW Tacoma’s largest grant recipients, receiving grants from the U.S. Department of Education, the Washington Student Achievement Council, and others.

Written by: 
John Burkhardt / October 27, 2017
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