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Owens Instructor Receives State Award For Dedication to Early Childhood Education
Owens Community College Instructor of Early Childhood Education, Elisa Huss-Hage, has been chosen by the Ohio Association for the Education of Young Children (OAEYC) to receive the prestigious Teacher of Teacher Award for her dedication to the field of early childhood education.
"Elisa is an excellent faculty member and an outstanding role model," said Myrna DeAustria, Owens Dean of Business and Public Service Technologies. "She incorporates real-life experiences, as well as emerging trends, educational concepts and practices into her instruction, providing each student with the opportunity to achieve success as future teachers, professionals and leaders within early childhood education."
The OAEYC Teacher of Teacher Award honors an organizational member who has shown a dedication to the field of early childhood education, which has had a lasting impact on the quality of care for young children in inclusive settings and with their families. Award recipients also are selected based upon outstanding service made toward students through mentoring and other professional activities.
OAEYC, which is affiliated with the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), was founded to promote and advance the vision of excellence in early childhood education. The national organization was established in 1926 and consists of more than 100,000 members, who serve as teachers, administrators, parents and policymakers committed to ensuring that young children receive a quality education.
Huss-Hage joined the College's faculty in 1995 and has served as an Instructor of Early Childhood Education within the College's Business and Public Service Technologies Division for the past three years. She currently is responsible for teaching a variety of courses within Early Childhood Education, and coordinates lab placements and supervises the student teaching program.
Her professional involvement includes serving as the Toledo Association for the Education of Young Children (TAEYC) representative to OAEYC and membership with the NAEYC. She also is involved on the Governing Boards of both TAEYC and OAEYC.
Active in the community, Huss-Hage is a block watch captain and has previously served as a volunteer worker with the city of Toledo's annual Holiday Parade and Winterfest. She also held two terms as a Board of Director for the City of Toledo Youth Commission. In the summer, Huss-Hage instructs an art and literature program for preschool children and their parents at the Toledo Museum of Art.
An advocate for promoting early childhood education, Huss-Hage has made many presentations and served as the keynote speaker at several local, regional and national conferences. Organizations who have selected Huss-Hage to serve as a guest speaker include the Ohio Department of Education, the Council of Exceptional Children and the Michigan Council of Cooperative Nursery Schools Inc., as well as numerous speaking engagements for the Association for the Education of Young Children at state, regional and national levels.
Huss-Hage earned both her master's degree in educational administration and supervision and her bachelor's degree in special education, K-12, from the University of Toledo. She resides in Toledo.
Owens Community College is the fastest-growing higher educational institution in Northwest Ohio with 24 consecutive semesters of enrollment increases. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 38,000 credit and non-credit students making it the number one choice for new college students. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers over 130 program areas in Agriculture, Business, Fine and Performing Arts, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades, Industrial and Engineering Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor 's degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university.