Named Educator of the Year
– Instructor in Wildlife Technology Emily Thomas has been named the DuBois
Educational Foundation (DEF) Educator of the Year at Penn State DuBois. She was presented with the award during the
annual Commencement Luncheon held on campus Saturday. Nominations for the award
come from the students themselves, and each year the DEF presents the award to
a Penn State DuBois faculty member who has made a difference in the lives of
herself is an alumna of the Penn State DuBois Wildlife Technology program. She works closely with students during both
classroom activities and outdoor labs. She has a particular research focus on birds.
well as being a top-notch teacher, Ms. Thomas is an excellent advisor,"
said DEF Board Member David Bish, who presented the award. "She goes above and beyond offering
curricular guidance by coaching students on the preparation of job
applications, résumés, and cover letters.
Thomas offers many other opportunities for students to work with other agencies
and organizations around the state, such as deer or turkey trapping with the
Pennsylvania Game Commission or Northern Goshawk nest searching in the
Allegheny National Forest or even bird banding at public banding
demonstrations," Bish said.
student who nominated Thomas for the award said, "She is the best advisor
I ever had. I have learned a great deal
from her and landed two jobs over the last two summers with her help on my
résumés and cover letters. Her labs are
very hands-on and always fun."
humbly explained that all the things she does that earned her this honor, are
things she does simply for the love of doing them. She said, "I'm very grateful. Everything the students mentioned I realy
enjoy doing. So, it's nice to be honored with this award from my students for
doing what I love. An honor from them is
the greatest accomplishment. They are
why we are here."
Board Member David Bish presented Wildlife Technology Instructor Emily Thomas
with the DEF Educator of the Year Award during Saturday's Commencement