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Published 10/15/2004

Owens Early Childhood Education Professor Receives Outstanding Educator Award

Mindy Gray FINDLAY - Owens Community College Assistant Professor of Business, Public Service and Information Technologies, Mindy Gray has been named an Outstanding Educator by the Findlay-Hancock County Chamber of Commerce for her dedication to students and the community. Gray is one of 19 area educators recently honored for their exemplary teaching and community contributions as part of the Hancock County's 39th Annual Education Appreciation Breakfast.

"I am honored to be chosen an Outstanding Educator by the Findlay-Hancock County Chamber of Commerce," said Gray. "Teaching is a rewarding experience and I am proud to be mentioned and recognized with fellow educators who strive to make a difference in the lives of others."

As Hancock County's chief business advocacy organization, the Findlay-Hancock County Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to uniting nearly 1,000 businesses and professional firms for the purpose of building an even stronger community. As part of its mission toward encouraging innovation within the classroom, the organization annually presents Outstanding Educator awards to recipients from Hancock County public schools, colleges and universities who display teaching excellence and a longstanding commitment to the community.

Gray joined the College in 1993 as an Adjunct Faculty member. For the past four years she has taught at Owens full-time and currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Business, Public Service and Information Technologies. In her position, Gray is responsible for preparing students for careers within early childhood education. She currently teaches courses within Introduction to Early Childhood Education, Child Development, Positive Guidance and Teaching Preschoolers, among others. In addition to her classroom instruction, Gray devotes a significant portion of time to supervising student teachers and assisting them in their first job searches.

Active in the community, she volunteers her time with several organizations to include the Hancock County Child and Family First Council, the Week of the Young Child Committee and the YMCA Child Development Center Parent Advisory Committee. Gray is a presenter for the PATH programs and a facilitator of the Hope Plus program.

An advocate for promoting early childhood education, Gray regularly speaks to community organizations and area residents about parenting issues, focused on helping families learn about positive guidance and discipline, child development and methods of teaching children.

Gray earned a master's degree in early childhood special education from the University of Findlay and a bachelor's degree in child and family development from Bowling Green State University. She resides in Findlay.

Owens Community College is the fastest-growing higher educational institution in Ohio with 29 consecutive semesters of enrollment increases. On the Toledo-area and Findlay- area campuses, Owens serves more than 44,000 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.


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