Pam Martin recognized with award from Ohio Association of Teacher Educators

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Whether she’s giving advice on lesson plans, conducting mock interviews or driving a van full of students to a conference, Pam Martin M.Ed., NBCT, is known across campus as someone who goes the extra mile.

In her role as Director of Clinical Experiences and Partnerships, Martin is responsible for leading the Lake Erie College Field and Clinical Experience Program. Under her leadership, the program serves to provide opportunities for teacher candidates to put into practice the pedagogy, content knowledge and dispositions they’ve been taught. Martin works closely with students to secure appropriate placements in a range of educational settings (rural, urban, private and so on), plans teaching seminars on a variety of topics, and helps to hone interviewing skills, all with the goal of meeting students’ needs as developing teachers.

“Pam has developed a clinical placement program that is focused, goal oriented and effective,” said Linda Lanese, one of the program’s College Supervisors. “The program is successful because she helps everyone involved function as a team. She always puts students’ needs first!”

In recognition of the excellent job she does in her role, Martin was honored on March 30, 2017 with the award for Outstanding Field Experience Program from the Ohio Association of Teacher Educators (OATE). Presented at the annual Ohio Confederation of Teacher Education Organizations (OCTEO) Spring Conference in Columbus, the award was one of several recognizing outstanding educators who make an impact on education departments and teacher candidates throughout the state. Running March 29-31, this year’s conference was titled “Lead to Succeed: Fostering Leadership Through Grit.”

Martin, who holds a Master of Education degree from Ashland University and a Bachelor of Science degree in education from Lake Erie College, was nominated for the award by her colleagues and students as a way of showing their appreciation for all that she does.

“Pam is incredibly dedicated and committed to our program and students,” said Dr. Katie Krammer, associate professor of education and special education coordinator, who submitted the nomination. “She makes it a point to stay current with the latest initiatives such that we can constantly embed new requirements and best practices into our field and student teaching seminars.”

To this end, Martin holds National Board Certification as an Early Childhood through Young Adulthood/Exceptional Needs Specialist as well as permanent teaching licenses in Education of Handicapped (K-12), Developmentally Handicapped, Specific Learning Disabilities, Severally Behaviorally Handicapped, Elementary (1-8) and Reading (K-12).

She’s been recognized previously as one of the “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers” in 2000 and was the recipient of the Council for Exceptional Children’s “Professionally Recognized Special Educator” award in 2003. Furthermore, she was one of four Ohio Teacher of the Year finalists in 2009 before she retired from a career spanning nearly 30 years in local public schools.

In addition to her work with the Field and Clinical Experience Program, Martin teaches the Introduction to Exceptionalities course at LEC, among other courses, and leads the Education Department Advisory Board in addition to serving on several committees across campus. She is heavily involved in community programs and organizations such as Birthright of Lake County, Deepwood Foundation, and Western Reserve Junior Service League, connections which serve to help LEC education students secure excellent placements as teacher candidates.

“Pam is the kind of person who is always willing to volunteer, participates in campus activities and just generally is such a positive spirit and role model for our students,” said Krammer. “We are extremely fortunate to have Pam Martin working on behalf of our future teachers.”

Emma Miller, an intervention specialist student teacher graduating this spring, contributed to Martin’s nomination with a letter of support touting Martin’s positive attitude and willingness to help.

“Mrs. Martin was one of my first professors at Lake Erie College and I knew right away I had chosen the right place to be,” she said. “Mrs. Martin always has a huge, bright smile on her face and is there for you through the good and the bad. She is supportive, consistent and truly believes in her students. There could not be a more perfect candidate for this award!”

The OCTEO is a non-profit, statewide umbrella organization that brings together five Ohio teacher education organizations at through a biannual conference series. For more information on the OATE’s Outstanding Field Experience Program Award, visit https://sites.google.com/site/ohioate/home/awards/field-experience.

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