February 28, 2010
Distinguished Educator Award
Ursuline College's Alumnae Association recently honored Maureen Brady Johnson '73 and Anne Kline '03 with the Distinguished Educator Alumnae Award. Established in 2006, this award is given to an alumna who has demonstrated leadership qualities and has advanced the profession through leadership, practice or research.
After graduating from Ursuline College in 1973, Johnson went on to teach upper level English electives at Nazareth Academy. For three years, Johnson was Director of Plays and Musicals at St. Edward High School. She then became the Director of the Lake Ridge Academy Upper School Musical in 1980 while teaching English and Theatre courses. Some of the shows that Johnson has directed include "Fiddler on the Roof," "Music Man," "Guys and Dolls" and "Anything Goes." She has written thirteen plays that have been performed all across the United States. Johnson has published four books, including her latest titled Namely ME, published in 2009. "Finding my voice as an educator was not only encouraged by my professors, it was celebrated. I had inspiring teachers who taught me to push the envelope," said Johnson.
Kline has been very active in the education field since graduating from Ursuline in 2003. She has been a Language Arts teacher at Horizon Science Academy Cleveland Middle School for the past five years. Kline has coordinated the school’s spelling bee for the past four years. She has also organized a program that informs students about the opportunities available after high school, bringing students to tour Ohio State University, Ursuline College and other Ohio campuses. In 2008, Kline was recognized by Concept Schools and Horizon Science Academy as Concept Schools Teacher of the Year. Kline’s future goal is to earn a Master’s degree in guidance and counseling.
"Ursuline College has a long and proud tradition of educating teachers who have made and continue to make a significant difference in the lives of thousands of students in northeast Ohio and beyond. Our Educator Award recipients this year, Maureen Brady Johnson and Anne Kline, are outstanding graduates of Ursuline who exemplify the values, voice and vision of the College. We are extremely proud of Maureen and Anne and wish them continued success as an exceptional teacher," said Kevin Gladstone, vice president for institutional advancement.
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