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Cindy Campbell, Teacher Education Scholarship Winner, Spring I, 2011

Dominican University, in partnership with Bisk Education, Inc., proudly recognizes Cindy Campbell – an American Sign Language teacher at Klahowya Secondary School in Silverdale, Washington – as winner of the Bisk Foundation Teacher Education Scholarship for the Spring I, 2011 session. The scholarship supports the professional development of outstanding teachers who are making a difference in the lives of their students.

Revered by her students and peers, Campbell embraces every opportunity to guide children toward success. Campbell, who began her education career in the area of security, soon began coaching young women and became a positive influence in their lives by modeling integrity and positive behavior.

She was then invited to become a scholarship coordinator, where she observed that many students’ college choices depended entirely on the scholarships they were awarded. Her diligence in maximizing these scholarships made a real difference in financial rewards and opportunities provided to her students. Campbell’s next step in her career was teaching American Sign Language, which she said provided her “an avenue to experience the world of the deaf and hard of hearing.” In addition, she has completed a certification in Special Education.

Campbell, who is enrolled in Dominican University’s online Master of Arts in Education program with a concentration in Reading, shared her feelings on the importance of modeling positive behavior to students. “Every person a student encounters, from the lunch lady to the school principal, form the student’s educational experience,” she said. “All educators bear a responsibility to model and teach the best in values, hard work and dedication. It is imperative that I am impeccable with both my word and deed.”

Her ASL students have had a profound effect on Campbell, as well. “In teaching American Sign Language, I can see the capacity for acceptance and tolerance within the human heart by the way our students interact,” she said. "It is my pleasure to be a unique part of this community of learners and I know I learn as much from them as they do from me."

Campbell further demonstrates how she makes a difference in her students’ lives by leading the Associated Student Body, supervising the school’s activity program, and coaching an award-winning cheer team – all ways, she says, to interact with students, view them through a new door, and walk beside them. She is there each day to celebrate their successes and challenge them to grow.

The dedicated faculty and staff of Klahowya Secondary School have made it their mission to prepare students for a future as productive, contributing community members and life-long learners. They believe that everyone is personally responsible for his or her words and actions. Campbell, who demonstrates such personal responsibility every day, is viewed by her fellow educators as “an exceptional teacher and an amazing leader.” Said one colleague, “Students flock to her for advice and they work hard to reach her high expectations inside and outside the classroom.”

Campbell compares teaching to the clergy. "I have often heard that both are a calling," she said. "I know that every day I make a difference in the life of every person I encounter. I choose to make a positive influence, to choose my words carefully, and to rejoice in the successes of my students."

She continued, "As I begin my Master of Arts in Education program at Dominican University, I look with enthusiasm to what the future holds. The Bisk Foundation Teacher Education Scholarship will allow me to continue on my educational journey and to be a positive force for my students."

“Together with Dominican University, Bisk Education is proud to salute Cindy Campbell – a true hero who is improving the lives of her students every day!