A Central Christian College student, Olivia Ingram, who traveled to Chiang Rai, Thailand for her junior practicum this past May, has been given the 2018 Teacher of Promise Award by the college’s teacher education committee.

A McPherson native, Ingram taught Thai fourth and fifth-graders language arts and math during her nearly four-week stay, including children who were learning English. She says the experience taught her how to be flexible and up for anything — from moldy dorms and language barriers to sporadic wifi. She said her students’ positive attitude helped her love her job.

“Whenever I would teach a lesson, they’d all cheer — I loved that. ...they really grew on me after a short amount of time, they were really sweet to me,” she said. 

Cathy Brown, chairwoman of the college’s education department, praised Ingram’s gumption, eagerness to learn and love of teaching.

“I have had the pleasure of watching her blossom over the past year-and-a half into a risk-taker. This is evident by her willingness to travel alone to Thailand for an adventure like no other. She is dedicated, hard-working and will be an asset to her future employer.”

Ingram will be completing her student teaching experience this spring at Central Christian

School in Hutchinson, Kansas.

Central Christian College’s Teacher Education Committee chooses a Teacher of Promise each fall. Candidates for the honor are invited to a half-day workshop presented by Kansas’ teacher of the year and seven finalists for  the teacher of the year award. The Teacher of Promise is announced during the  Kansas Teacher of the Year State Awards banquet.