Cheryl Bremer, chair of the Special Education Department and Assistant Professor of Education at Grace College, Winona Lake, Ind., was named 2012 Outstanding Professor of the Year by the Indiana Council for Exceptional Children (Indiana CEC), an innovative organization concerned with the betterment of all student outcomes. The award recognized her for demonstrating knowledge, skill and sensitivity in teaching university students about persons with disabilities, going above and beyond what is normally expected in her profession, and serving as a role model and inspiration to her students and colleagues. She was nominated by her students.
Bremer had the opportunity to attend the awards luncheon on February 20 in Indianapolis to receive this recognition during the Indiana CEC annual conference.
“I’ve had four classes with Dr. Bremer and I have learned so much from her about the field of special education,” said Ethyn Brumbaugh, student nominator. “She has lived out the Grace College Micah 6:8 mission statement, displaying her character, competence, and service in and out of the classroom.”
“When I think of possibly pursuing a doctorate myself one day, there are not many women in my life who I can look up to learn from and model. However, Dr. Bremer opened up her professional life for me to observe and learn from and I could not be more thankful for that,” explained Nina Ferry, student president of Grace College’s chapter of the CEC. “Her passion in the classroom and her passion for her students is contagious. She is an integral asset to the education department at Grace.”