Bethel Alum Receives Teacher of the Year Award

Bethel graduate, Tania L. Harman (Collins), a bilingual teacher at Warren Primary Center was named South Bend Community School Corporation's 2008 Teacher of the Year at a ceremony held on Tuesday April 15 at the Century Center's Bendix Theatre. Each of the 32 schools in the corporation nominates a teacher. Harman, after being selected as Teacher of the Year, is now a candidate for Indiana State Teacher of the Year.

Harman graduated from Bethel College in 1985. She continued her education, finishing her M.A. in Elementary Education at IUSB in 1996 and receiving an English as a Second Language (ESL) endorsement from IUSB in 2006. Harman has been part of the South Bend Community School Corporation for 20 years. Before teaching at Warren Primary Center she also held positions at Kennedy, Monroe, Lafayette and Wilson. This is her fourth nomination for Teacher of the Year Award. She is the second teacher from Warren to receive this honor.

"My years at Bethel afforded me the opportunity to grow both academically and spiritually." Harman continued, "Being nurtured in both of those areas has helped me to become the teacher that I am today."

Bethel College is an accredited Christian college of the arts and sciences offering associate, bachelor's and master's degrees in more than 50 areas of study. The current enrollment of more than 2,000 includes students from 34 states and Puerto Rico, 12 countries, more than 25 denominations and 16 percent from culturally diverse backgrounds. Scholarships are available based upon a variety of factors including academic achievement, talent in the arts or athletics, ethnicity and church affiliation. Bethel offers classes at four locations: the Mishawaka campus, the Elkhart Campus and two satellite locations (in Nappanee and in Dowagiac, Mich.). The main Bethel campus is situated on 75 wooded acres in Mishawaka, Ind.

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