XENIA — Denny Morrison’s lengthy list of accomplishments and accolades is getting a bit longer.
The Xenia Community School District superintendent was named the recipient of the Cedarville University School of Education’s inaugural Excellent Educator of the Year Award. He will receive the award at the school of education’s Teacher Education Program graduation celebration May 6.
“I am honored to receive this award,” Morrison said. “Cedarville University is well known for graduating top-notch young people going into the field of education. I am fortunate to be surrounded by so many wonderful people here in Xenia and I believe that due to our team approach many good things happen.”
The award was created to recognize outstanding efforts in education, specifically those who help further the cause of Cedarville, according to Dean of the school of education Dr. Jeremy Ervin.
“There are such vital people that have had an incredible opportunity to help us in the school of education at Cedarville accomplish our goals and we wanted to have a venue in order to … recognize those individuals,” he said.
Morrison’s pedigree dates back to 1985 when he was named teacher of the year in the Galion City School District. But it was his work in helping Cedarville create a collaborative between the university and the Xenia Community School District in which teacher candidates work inside Xenia school buildings in more of a partnership as opposed to traditional student-teaching requirements.
“He was instrumental in helping us get on the school board agenda to make this pitch to the board members,” Ervin said. “He just thought this was totally this incredible idea.”
It’ll be the second high honor for Morrison in as many years as last year he received the Exemplary Educational Leadership Award from the Ohio Superintendent’s Association.
When he was principal at Mad River Middle School in Riverside the school was named a National School of Excellence by the United States Department of Education in 1994, 1995 and 1996 and a year later Morrison became an evaluator of National Schools of Excellence for the United States Department of Education. In 2006 Morrison was nominated for national superintendent of the year and last year he received
“All of them took place due to the people around me,” Morrison said. “It was a total team effort.”
As part of his award acceptance, Morrison will speak to teacher candidates, giving a 5-10 minute charge.
Contact Scott Halasz at 937-502-4507.
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