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Steve Bell and Jackie McDowell

Dr. Steven Bell accepts his Charter Fellows Award from Charter School Dean Jackie McDowell. Photo by student Mary Claire Stewart.

Alumni and colleagues in the Charter School of Education and Human Sciences recently honored Professor Emeritus of Psychology Steven Bell with the Charter Fellows Award for Outstanding Service to the Profession of Teaching. Bell has served Berry with distinction since 1976, proving himself to be a caring and compassionate educator who encourages students to think outside the box and consider diverse viewpoints (while also challenging them to navigate what one colleague lovingly referred to as his “abstract” syllabi).

In addition to his work in the classroom, Bell is also known for his writing and scholarship in the areas of learning styles and disabilities, environmental education, school and university partnerships, and positive parenting. Recently, he published a paper recounting his experiences working with children and families in a harsh and often hostile environment during his 2010 sabbatical in the West Bank. Community service includes work on behalf of the Martin Luther King Commission, Habitat for Humanity, the Governor’s Council for Developmental Disabilities and the Rodeph Sholom Synagogue. He retired from Berry in 2013 but continues to teach classes two days a week.

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Stan Pethel and Mary OutlawDr. Stan Pethel (far left) has been presented with an American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) Plus Award in recognition of his distinguished career in music. The longtime professor of music and past chair of Berry’s fine arts department boasts an impressive 1,200 musical works in print for choirs, orchestras, symphonic bands, brass ensembles, and solo instruments with piano. Also earning praise this fall was Dr. Mary Outlaw, a longtime member of Berry’s teacher education faculty who was honored with the Charter Fellows Award for Outstanding Service to the Profession of Teaching.

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Dara Wakefield and John BargeGeorgia State School Superintendent John Barge (88C), at right in photo, returned home to Berry on Oct. 5 to address educators attending the Charter Fellows’ 10th anniversary professional development workshop. While on campus, he joined longtime Berry faculty member Dr. Dara Wakefield (at left) as the newest recipients of the Charter Fellows Award for Outstanding Service to the Profession of Teaching.

During his presentation, Barge discussed education reform in terms any Berry graduate would recognize – head, heart and hands – noting, “Honestly, Martha Berry understood education better than any human being I’ve ever known.”

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Tom and Ollie PoeOllie (51C) and Tom (48H, 52C) Poe made history this spring as the first couple to receive the Charter Fellows Award for Outstanding Service to the Profession of Teaching. The award was presented by Dr. Jackie McDowell (far left), dean of the Charter School of Education and Human Sciences. Ollie dedicated 30 years of her life to education, spending much of that time teaching first grade. She taught at a number of schools, including several in Rome and Floyd County. Tom also enjoyed a long and fruitful career as an industrial arts teacher and principal. In 1971, he was awarded the Laureate Citation from the Epsilon Pi Tau professional fraternity for research that led to a federal grant to construct the Rome-Floyd Technical High School (now the Floyd County Schools College and Career Academy). He also played an instrumental role in the creation of the Fred H. Loveday (39C) and James N. Luton Sr. endowed scholarships at Berry.

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