Whittier College News Release

Whittier College
Office of Public Relations
13406 Philadelphia St.
P.O. Box 634
Whittier, CA 90608-0634


Media Contact: 562.907.4974 or mediarelations@whittier.edui


WHITTIER, CA (January 10, 2006)—Each year the Whittier College Department of Education and Child Development hosts a formal event to recognize outstanding Whittier College-affiliated educators in our local communities. The 2006 event, Celebrating 87 Years of Teaching Excellence, will take place on Sunday, January 15, at 2:00 p.m. in the Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts, 6760 Painter Ave. During the ceremony, a keynote address will be given by Whittier College President Sharon Herzberger. For more information on the individual awardees or on this event, please contact Stefani Tran, Department of Education and Child Development at Whittier College, 562.907.4248.

Nominated by their peers, the educators selected for this honor clearly demonstrate the following qualities in their work with children/youth, colleagues, and the larger community: instructional expertise, creativity and innovation, attention to diversity and individual student needs, leadership experience, advocacy for the profession and dedication to lifelong learning, and the demonstrated ability to engage parents and the community.

Those Whittier College graduates named this year’s Outstanding Educators are:

Dr. Stuart Gothold, B.A. ’56, M.A. ’61, LL.D. ’88
Clinical Professor of Education, Rossier School of Education,USC

Shirley White, B.A.’47, Credential ’51
Student Teaching Supervisor, Department of Education & Child Development, Whittier College

Patricia Hodges, Credential ’71, M.A. ’75
Teacher, California High School (Whittier)

Bob Bruesch, B.A.’65, M.A. ’70
President, Garvey School District Board of Education (Rosemead)

Julie Rivera, B.A.’59, M.A. ’76
Professor, California State University, Long Beach

Michelle Pace Gunn, B.A.’69
Teacher, Mariposa Elementary School (Brea)

Christa Huddle, B.A.’71
Teacher, Mariposa Elementary School (Brea)

Founded by Quakers in 1887, Whittier College is an independent, four-year college offering a traditional liberal arts program integrated with both professional and pre-professional courses of study. With an emphasis on diversity, community, and curricular innovation, the College’s primary mission is to endow students with the education, skills, and values appropriate for global leadership and service. Whittier College is a designated Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI).

Whittier Law School, which is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools, is located on a separate campus in Orange County.


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