Tyler Teacher Earns Morlan Medal
for immediate release April 9, 1998Tyler teacher Glenda Moss will receive Abilene Christian University's Grover C. Morlan Medal for her outstanding teaching and leadership in education.
The Morlan Medal will be presented to Moss by ACU's Department of Education during a ceremony Friday, April 17, at 7:30 p.m. in the Hilton Room of the Campus Center.
Moss received her teacher's certificate from ACU in 1974. She taught at a center for emotionally disturbed boys in Abilene, and at Thomas K. Gorman Middle School for three years. In 1983, Moss received a masters degree in education at the University of Texas.
Moss joined the Stewart Middle School staff in Tyler Independent School District in 1988 and was chosen as Teacher of the Year for 1994-95.
In the summer of 1996, she completed the certification requirements for administration and served as principal of the 1997 summer school program on her campus.
Moss is the author of Tender Talk for Tough Kids: Encouraging Under-Achievers in the Classroom. She and her husband, John, served as foster parents for Christian Services of East Texas, and she founded the CSET Women's Auxiliary.
Moss has two children: a son, Mark, senior accounting and finance major at ACU; and a daughter, Josha, a former ACU student.
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Begun in 1972, the Morlan Award goes each year to an ACU education graduate for outstanding teaching and leadership in education. The recipient may be involved in education at any level or in a professionally related program, but must have teaching experience. The event is sponsored by the Student Education Association and Kappa Delta Pi.
The award's namesake, Dr. Grover C. Morlan, taught at ACU for 42 years from 1916-58, serving a total of 36 years as head of the Department of Education and Psychology.
Morlan is connected with many of ACU's oldest traditions, according to Dr. Joe Marshall, professor emeritus of education. He wrote the words to the alma mater, began the annual Bible Teachers Workshop as well as the well-known Tuesday night outdoor student devotionals, organized the West Texas Film Library, started the first reading improvement course in Texas colleges, and was one of the first to believe ACU should have a collegiate athletic program. Morlan died in 1964.
Past recipients of the Morlan Award and their titles at the time include Dr. Bob E. Griggs, superintendent of Birdville Independent School District; Patsy Duncan, president of the Texas State Teachers Association; and Dr. Carrel Anderson, assistant dean for undergraduate and international programs at the University of Alabama.
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