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Amie Mayhall Receives EIBEA Teacher of the Year Award

Amie Mayhall Award PhotoOlney Central College Instructor Amie Mayhall is the recipient of the 2016-2017 Eastern Illinois Business Education Association’s Teacher of the Year Award.

Mayhall received the honor during the organization’s semi-annual meeting at Eastern Illinois University.

“EIBEA is a wonderful organization with teachers that I respect greatly, so to be recognized by them is quite an honor,” said Mayhall, who serves as the lead instructor and internship coordinator for the Office Career Programs. “Special thanks to my colleague and friend, Shasta Bennett, who presented the nomination for the award.”

EIBEA is comprised of business teachers from the Eastern region of the state and is affiliated with the Illinois Business Education Association. The organization works to promote business education and to share instructional resources and teaching techniques with other business educators.

In her nomination letter, Bennett praised Mayhall’s outstanding leadership skills and     diligent work for the programs and her students.

“She is continuously evaluating programs to see if changes are necessary to stay current with today’s market,” Bennett wrote. “She has established new programs and even completed     necessary schooling and certification exams to be able to properly teach courses in new CTE programs.”

Bennett added, “She is an outstanding individual who started out as my coworker and is now also my friend. It is people like her that present the feeling of family among the employees of Olney Central College and all Illinois Eastern Community Colleges.”

While attending the EIBEA meeting, Mayhall also enjoyed a one-hour interactive presentation by Dr. Gabriel J. Grant, Instructor of Digital Media in the School of Technology at EIU. Grant’s presentation was entitled, “Augment Your Classroom with Augmented Reality,” which explored the fundamentals of how augmented reality is created and how the Aurasma tool can be used to create applications.

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