IAACE Announces 2016 Most Outstanding Teacher And Adult Learner

Posted On May 16, 2016

Press release from Ohio County Community Foundation


GED diploma graduate Craig J. Boykin (left) and Patsy Kaiser, 2016 Most Outstanding Adult Learner. Photo provided.

(Rising Sun, Ind.) – At the annual meeting of the Indiana Association for Adult and Continuing Education, River Valley Resources Adult Education Teacher, Sandra Bowlus, was awarded the Outstanding Teacher award for 2016.

After retiring from East Central School Corp with over 38 years of teaching in 2010, Sandy began working with the Education Center of Rising Sun, in Rising Sun, Indiana.  She was hired to teach the “START” (Skills, Tasks and Results Training) through the American Hotel & Lodging Education Institute.  This program was started through a pilot program of EcO15.  She continues to teach this class which is now certified as a WORK Indiana training program.

In 2012, Sandy was hired by River Valley Resources as an Adult Education teacher.  Sandy has graduated numerous GED/HSE graduates:  in 2012-13: 44; 2013-2014 – 40; 2014-2015: 37 and currently in 2015-16 has 30.  She has been able to achieve these numbers in the smallest county in Indiana – Ohio County, population 5,994.

Sandy is one who goes above and beyond the call of duty.  She is constantly in contact with students who are not in class, encouraging them and making sure that all obstacles are overcome whether it be need for gas, transportation or childcare.

She cares deeply about what her students will do after they earn their High School Equivalency Diplomas.  During the past year, Sandy has proctored the Ivy Tech Prep Accuplacer test and has had 22 students successfully earn college -ready scores.  Sandy also promotes training, especially Work Indiana.  Since 2013 she has had 17 students complete a WORK Indiana program.

Sandy is constantly trying to find new ways in which to help students achieve their High School Equivalency Diploma.  You will find her studying just as hard as the student, making up worksheets and review sheets for them.

Over the past five years, Sandy has been working with a student who started at literacy level to earn her High School Equivalency Diploma in 2016.  What is so special is that Sandy nominated this student to receive the “Outstanding Adult Learner” award and for the first time ever both the 2016 IAACE Outstanding Teacher and Outstanding Adult Learner were both from the same program.

Patsy Kaiser, Outstanding Adult Learner for 2016 is from Rising Sun, Indiana.  The award was given in recognition of Patsy’s accomplishments for successfully completing her High School Equivalency Diploma in 2016.   Patsy was an active Adult Education student from 2011 – 2016, having earned well over 500 hours in the program.  Patsy started trying to earn her GED 2011 and then continued when the GED was changed to the new HSE – High School Equivalency.

Her instructor Sandra Bowlus stated: “Patsy has literally climbed Mt. Everest and succeeded! She has overcome obstacle after obstacle when others would have quit.”