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Marshall Receives Brantz Award for Outstanding Teaching

Marshall_t.jpgBOONE—Debbie Marshall has always wanted to work with students and to pass along the love for learning that has been a constant in her life.

Marshall’s talents have earned her the Rennie W. Brantz Award for Outstanding Teaching in Freshman Seminar from Appalachian State University. Brantz directed the university’s Freshman Seminar program for 14 years.

The award, established in 2004, recognizes the recipient’s enthusiasm in the classroom, ability to motivate and inspire students by his or her love for learning. It also recognizes one’s commitment to Freshman Seminar, among other activities and characteristics.

A total of 34 individuals were nominated for the award.

Marshall will receive a $500 award and a plaque recognizing the honor.

Marshall has taught Freshman Seminar for four years. She also is an academic advisor in Appalachian’s General Studies program.

In a letter of nomination, one of her students wrote, “I couldn’t have asked for a better teacher. She could relate to the variety of students in the classroom.” She also was called approachable, caring, knowledgeable, organized and scholarly by her students.

Marshall earned an elementary education degree from Appalachian in 1985 and a master’s degree in human development and psychological counseling in 1993. She worked for eight years as the safe and drug-free schools coordinator in Watauga County schools.

“I have never doubted my choice to work in education which has given so much back to me,” Marshall wrote of her philosophy for teaching. “I want every student to feel valued and welcome to share thoughts and experiences so our minds are broadened through exposure to various backgrounds.”