College of Education plans first-ever pinning ceremony

May 12, 2015  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University’s College of Education will hold its first-ever teacher pinning ceremony Friday (May 15).

The ceremony, which will be from 4 to 6 p.m. in the atrium of Marriott Hall, will welcome new educators into the teaching profession. Officials will present candidates with a Purdue teacher education pin to signify their association with the university and their affiliation with the teaching profession.

Kathy Nimmer, a Harrison High School English teacher and Purdue alumna, will address the Class of 2015 teacher education candidates. Nimmer was 2015 Indiana Teacher of the Year and a finalist for National Teacher of the Year.

“Kathy Nimmer represents all that is good about high-quality teachers, and she is inspirational,” said Maryann Santos de Barona, College of Education dean. “She is an asset to the community, and we are delighted to have her speak to this new group of professionals as they begin their teaching careers.”

The College of Education is celebrating its 25th anniversary as a college and 106 years of teacher education at Purdue. It meets the challenges of educating 21st century learners by discovering what works in education These discoveries help transform the training and practice of teachers, counselors and educational leaders from PK-12 settings through university and adult online education. More information is available at 

Media contact: Kristyn Childres, College of Education director of communication, 765-494-0568, 

Source: Teresa Taber Doughty, College of Education associate dean for learning, 765-494-7345, 

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