Simpson University Honors Teachers at Medallion Ceremony

For Immediate Release


REDDING, Calif. - Simpson University’s School of Education honored 29 new teachers and six local National Board-certified educators during a medallion ceremony inside the Heritage Student Life Center on Jan. 22.

The ceremony, designed to specially recognize those who have completed student teaching, takes place twice a year following Simpson University’s traditional commencement ceremonies.

About 200 friends and family members of the graduates attended the event, which included a dessert, speeches by winners of Outstanding Student Teacher awards, a Dean’s Cup presentation, and other special recognitions.

“This is a special occasion that marks the tremendous work done by the candidates and the support they received from family and friends,” said Dr. Glee Brooks, dean of the School of Education.

Those honored included Leslie Ellingson, a Shasta High School history teacher and the latest Simpson University graduate to earn National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification. Other National Board honorees recognized at the event included North State teachers Julie Adams, Sue Horrocks, Justin Jordan, Matt Garrett, and National Board mentor Kathy Sublett.

Dean’s Cup winner: Linda McMasters

Outstanding Single Subject Student Teacher: Jaimie Olson

Outstanding Multiple Subjects Student Teacher: Casey Mills

California Preliminary Teaching Credential candidates (for Multiple Subjects): Shannon Arnold, Jaimie Brauning, Madelyn Brockman, Karen Feyling, Celeste Foster, Noelle Gunnerson, Kimberly Heilmann, Nichole Hicks, Sarah Hutchins, Jessica Juliana, Melinda Lynam, Linda McMasters, Casey Mills, Hannah Shickle, Micah Spangler, Amanda Tooley, Melissa Turgal, and Jennifer Uronen.

California Preliminary Teaching Credential candidates (for Single Subject): Logan Arnold, Bill Benage, Grace Bias, Janelle Boone, Doug Dais, Matthew Faina, Brenna Hahn, Tim Medeiros, Jaimie Olson, David Peterson, and Eugene Song.

Simpson University’s School of Education offers a master of arts in education as well as single- and multiple-subject teaching and administrative services credential programs. More than 2,500 students have graduated from the School of Education since 1989. For more information, visit

Photos by Jessica Law

Top Center: Dr. Glee Brooks, dean of Simpson University’s School of Education (far right), stands with National Board-certified educators honored during a Jan. 22 medallion ceremony. From left: Julie Adams, Sue Horrocks, Justin Jordan, Leslie Ellingson, and Kathy Sublett (not pictured: Matt Garrett).

Top Right: Dr. Glee Brooks, left, with Linda McMasters, recipient of the Dean’s Cup award.

Left: Dr. Glee Brooks, right, with Jaimie Olson, honored as the Outstanding Single Subject Student Teacher.

Bottom Right: Dr. Glee Brooks, left, with Casey Mills, honored as the Outstanding Multiple Subjects Student Teacher.


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