Xavier Alumna Receives State Award for Excellence

February 21, 2013

Lindsey Nieberding of Miami Township (45248) will receive the Ohio Association of Teacher Educators (OATE) Outstanding Student Teacher Award at the spring conference awards dinner on Thursday, March 7 at 6:30.

To receive the award, a student must have demonstrated innovation and exemplary practice during student teaching and have been identified by the education faculty and school personnel as “outstanding.”

The daughter of Jim and Peggy Nieberding, Lindsey graduated from St. Ursula Academy in 2006 and The Ohio State University with a degree in Political Science in 2010. She graduated from Xavier this past December with a master’s degree in Special Education and her K-12 Intervention Specialist license. She works at Woodford Paideia in Kennedy Heights.

“The future of education in the U.S. is bright,” says Lindsey, “as I have met and worked with so many dedicated, caring, and accomplished teachers. Their resounding optimism, energy, and enthusiasm for their job is infectious, and they truly make a difference every day. Decisions regarding education are usually made at the state and national level, but it is what happens in each and every school building on a daily basis that will ultimately determine the future of our nation. That being said, I am excited to see what is to come.”

In addition to being recognized at the spring meeting, Lindsey will be OATE’s guest for dinner and receive a plaque and free membership in OATE for next academic year.

She was nominated by Jackie Smith of Xavier’s Department of Secondary and Special Education, who will introduce Lindsey at the dinner.

“The student teaching field placement for Lindsey was a 16-week placement at a school in an urban Cincinnati setting,” says Smith. “Like many urban public schools, 80 percent of the students are on free or reduced lunch, 95 percent minority, and all struggling with test scores. As Lindsey progressed, she realized she could not change a child’s circumstance but could be a source of “stability and love” for each child. She had high expectations for learning and insisted on high behavioral standards while differentiating to meet each student’s needs. Upon graduation, she had two job offers, but chose this school as that is where her heart is.”

The Ohio Association of Teacher Educators (OATE) is a professional association open to all who work with the preparation of teachers in any environment -- higher education, public and private P-12 schools, state departments of education, regional centers, etc. The focus of the organization is on the interdependence of the educational system.