Four AU Graduates Named Outstanding Future Educators


Anderson, Ind. — The Department of Teacher Education recently honored four Anderson University graduates with the Indiana Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (IACTE) Outstanding Future Educator Award. 

AU’s four recipients were Emily Frost ‘21 (social studies education and special education), Ryan Haler ‘21 (elementary education), Luke Overton ‘21 (social studies education), and Elena VanderVeen ‘21 (music education). 

“These educators demonstrated academic excellence throughout their preparation, and outstanding dedication and commitment during student teaching,” said Dr. Katy Sample, associate professor of education and director of the reading education program at Anderson University.

Recipients from 25 in-state institutions were selected and the IACTE honored all winners in a recorded video message featuring IACTE Executive Director Dr. Jill D. Shedd and Indiana Secretary of Education Dr. Katie Jenner. 

“I’m so proud of these students,” said Renee Weaver of the Department of Teacher Education. “All their hard work and attention to excellence, even in the details, has made them successful. I have no doubt they’ll make a very positive difference in their future students’ lives.”

Anderson University is on a mission to educate students for lives of faith and service, offering more than 60 undergraduate majors, 30 three-year degrees, 20 NCAA Division III intercollegiate sports, alongside adult and graduate programs. The private, liberal arts institution is fully accredited and recognized among top colleges for its business, computer science, cybersecurity, dance, engineering, nursing, and teacher education programs. Anderson University was established in 1917 in Anderson, Indiana, by the Church of God.