The 2012 Outstanding Educators flank Karen Kaye, Chair of BW's Division of Education, left to right, William Mandle, Rhoda Rosen, (Dr. Kaye), Elaine Myers and Archie Rader.

Baldwin Wallace University Honors Four Alumni as 2012 Outstanding Educators

In recognition of their significant contributions to the field of education, four Baldwin Wallace alumni were recently honored with the 2012 Outstanding Educator Awards, sponsored by the Baldwin Wallace University Alumni Association and the Division of Education. The recipients of this award do more than teach, they inspire.

William Mandle ‘49

William Mandle ’49 has spent a lifetime honing and sharing a love and talent for music. He arrived on the BW campus in 1945 on the heels of a summer studying at the Julliard School of Music. In 1949, he earned both a BM and BSM from BW, where he was elected into the Dayton C. Miller Gold Key Honor Fraternity and awarded the Vernon G. Charleson Memorial Trophy for Excellence in Music.

Mandle began his music teaching career in the public schools in Erie County and Euclid. After earning an MA in Music and Music Education from Columbia University’s Teachers College, he spent 15 years as a vocal music educator in the Cleveland Public Schools, simultaneously completing his PhD in Music at Case Western Reserve University (1968).

Mandle moved into higher education in 1969, starting as an assistant professor of music at Indiana State University and went on to spend 25 years at the University of the District of Columbia as a professor of music, coordinator of music program, assistant chairman and acting chairperson of the music department.

In retirement, Mandle lives in Asheville, N.C. where he remains active as a volunteer “College for Seniors” faculty member at the University of North Carolina.

Elaine Myers ‘70

Elaine Myers, who spent 35 years teaching in the Berea City Schools, got her start at BW, earning a B.S in Elementary Education in 1970 and adding an MAEd in reading in 1979. During her long and distinguished career in Berea, Myers taught in the primary grades, developed a health curriculum and was a district specialist teaching 5th grade health. She also helped to study and implement multi-age teaming at Riveredge Elementary School.

A tireless advocate for education, she has been instrumental in the Committee for Good Schools that promotes levy campaigns to the support the schools. She also served on the Education Foundation Auction Committee.

Outside her passion for education, Myers has been active in the community as a Past President of the Berea Kiwanis. She was a Kiwanian of the Year and the 2011recipient of the Berea Grindstone Award for outstanding citizenship. Myers also has been involved in the Coe Lake Nature Trail Committee and the University Circle United Methodist Church.

Since her retirement from the Berea City School District in 2004, Myers has worked for SPEA, Suicide Prevention Education Alliance, teaching high school students about suicide prevention. She also serves as a Reaching Your Potential mentor.

Archie Rader ’57

Although his teaching career took him to Arizona and California, Archie Rader ’57 was raised in Ohio and earned his BME from BW in 1957. He spent 13 years working as a music educator in in the Mesa (Arizona) Public Schools, where he grew the Westwood High School orchestra into a highly regarded musical force of more than 100 members.

After completing his MAED from Arizona State University in 1967, Rader spent 13 years teaching music in the Kern County School District in Bakersfield, California. He completed his career with the Fresno Unified School District in California. He also worked with the Youth Orchestra of Fresno.

Although retired, Rader is active as a music educator, currently directing a high school band at a charter school located on the campus of Fresno State University. He was the founder and director of Fresno’s New Horizons Band, an international organization that serves musicians over the age of 50.

Rhoda Rosen ’87

Rhoda Rosen, a familiar face to Berea television viewers, studied Speech Communication and Theatre at BW earning her BA in 1987. Her career, which blended education and theatre, included teaching and library positions in the Berea City School District, as well as her longtime hosting duties on the district’s cable television program A Community of Learning.

Rosen joined her passion for teaching and for theatre as she directed elementary, middle and high school students in drama classes and play productions. She also directed or appeared in productions at Public Affairs Radio, Great Lakes Theater Festival Educational Touring Company; Berea Summer Theater, Brecksville Theatre on the Square, Dobama Theatre, Beck Center for the Arts and others.

Rosen was inducted into the Berea City School District Hall of Fame in 2005 and twice won the Times Tribute Actor Award (2005 and 2006). She is also a member of the Alpha Sigma Lambda honorary fraternity.

Rosen also worked at Beth Israel- The West Temple as a religious school administrator and teacher and has served as student mentor, textbook and teacher guide editor, and class play director for the St. John’s School of Nursing. Rosen believes drama or theatre skills can “expand students’ awareness and enable them to look at familiar material from unfamiliar perspectives.”

Posted April, 2012

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