Dr. Debbie Bush Receives 2012 Exemplary Teaching Award

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Dr. Debbie Bush and Dr. Larry Parsons, vice president of academic affairs

Dr. Debbie Bush, director of the school of education and assistant professor of education, was recently honored with the General Board of Higher Education of the United Methodist Church’s Exemplary Teaching Award at the College’s Founders Day ceremony on October 19.

Presented annually, the award recognizes the accomplishments of an extraordinary teacher, one whose professional competence, dedication to the growth of students, and commitment to the highest academic standards combine to create a campus environment in which learning flourishes.

Bush is known to make learning practical and relevant. In addition to her School of Education teaching assignments, she also serves as an instructor in the College’s first-year seminar program.  Bush is passionate about working with new students because it allows her to really work closely with them. She is known for opening her home to students.

In addition, she is an avid proponent of off-campus travel and international study. She has sponsored trips to Alaska, Haiti, Russia, and West Virginia.

Bush has served in a number of capacities in the education profession. She began as an elementary teacher in the public school system and was named Teacher of the Year in 1993 as a first grade teacher at East Main Street Elementary. She continued teaching in the public school system until 2000. Bush served as a full-time faculty member while remaining employed by the Upshur County Board of Education. In 2004, she was named assistant professor of education at Wesleyan and was named the Education School Director in 2011.

Bush teaches elementary methods classes in reading, math, language arts, science, social studies, music. She also teaches a directed reading and writing class to Educational Studies students; teaches and supervises a preschool field experience as the capstone experience; teaches and supervises the elementary Clinical I and Clinical II classes; and supervises student teachers.

A 1971 elementary education graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan, Bush earned her master in Early Childhood Education from West Virginia College of Graduate Studies in 1977 and later received her ED.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a minor in Early Childhood Education from West Virginia University in 2004.