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Contact: Lucy Townsend, Blackwell History of Education Museum
(815) 753-1236

December 5, 2007

Blackwell honors four regional educators
at museum’s ‘Country School Memories’ event

DeKalb — Northern Illinois University’s Blackwell History of Education Museum recognized four educators Dec. 1 during its annual “Honoring Teachers” ceremony, which included a reception and the “Country School Memories” art exhibition.

Back row: Jennifer Wahlers and Homer C. Sherman. Front row: John Wredling and Donald Adkins

Nomination letters that describe the educational accomplishments of the honorees – Jennifer Wahlers, Donald Adkins, Homer C. Sherman, and John Wredling – were read to an audience of more than 60 people. Visitors later were invited to view the exhibition.

Wahlers was honored for her ability to inspire and develop the artistic ability of children in the District 158 schools of Huntley and Lake in the Hills. Wahlers teaches 14 classes of children in kindergarten through third grade, including special education and autistic classes. Eighty-eight pictures by the children depicted outdoor and indoor scenes of country schoolhouses.

Adkins was honored for his work with the children of Mooseheart. Located in Mooseheart, Ill., and called “the city of children,” Mooseheart is a community and educational facility for children whose families have suffered tragedies, such as the death of one or more parents.

Sherman, emeritus professor in NIU’s Department of Leadership, Educational Psychology and Foundations, was honored for a career that included teaching in Australia, Iowa and Illinois, and serving as an educational consultant in Nigeria. He also was recognized for his ability to stimulate new knowledge in other professors and especially to nurture the development of his daughter.

Wredling was recognized for his contributions to educational developments in Kane County, including the implementation of the consolidation of local school districts into functioning districts in the 1950s.

The Blackwell Museum has honored a total of 12 teachers and displayed the artwork of more than 100 public schoolchildren during the past three years.

“Reading the letters of nomination for the teachers and viewing the creative work of the schoolchildren are very rewarding aspects of museum work,” said Lucy Townsend, curator of the museum. “We plan to continue these activities for many years.”

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