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Reinhardt’s William G. Hasty, Sr. Award Presented to First-Year Teacher Melanie Beth Wheeler of Canton, Ga.

The Price School of Education at Reinhardt College has awarded its 2007-08 William G. Hasty, Sr. Award to Melanie Beth Wheeler of Canton, Ga. Established in 2001, the award honors Reinhardt’s most outstanding education graduate, the alumnus who best represents the goals of the teaching profession. A $1,000 grant from the College was presented to Dunleith Elementary School in Marietta, Ga., where Wheeler is in her first year as a second-grade teacher. The grant provides additional discretionary funds for Wheeler to use during the 2008-09 school year.

"I am truly honored and thankful."
“I am truly honored to have received the Hasty award,” Wheeler

Wheeler honored with Hasty Award
Beth Wheeler (second from right) was awarded with Reinhardt College’s 2007-08 William G. Hasty, Sr. Award, which includes a $1,000 grant for additional discretionary funds for 2008-09, her first year of teaching at Dunleith Elementary School in Marietta, Ga. Pictured with Wheeler (from left) are William “Will” G. Hasty, III, grandson of the of the late Hasty and a 1994 Reinhardt graduate; Cole Hasty, great grandson of Hasty; Anna Coleman Hasty, wife of Will Hasty and also a 1994 Reinhardt graduate; and Tiffany Pollock, principal of Dunleith.

said. “I am so thankful that I chose Reinhardt for my college education, and I am so appreciative that I can make my classroom special for my students.

“The funds from the award have given me the ability to supply my classroom with effective teaching materials, which allow me to teach innovative lessons. The students in my class benefit from the award because they have been introduced to manipulatives that make the learning meaningful. 

Thoroughly Prepared by Reinhardt's Compassionate Professors
“Reinhardt College and the Price School of Education thoroughly prepared me for my first year of teaching,” Wheeler continued. “The professors at Reinhardt show compassion, interest and a love of education, which has translated into my classroom. My students know that they are in a safe and caring learning environment where they can succeed.” 

Last Year's Recipient Echos Wheeler's Appreciation
Last year’s award recipient, Cynthia Rudin of Alpharetta, Ga., echoed Wheeler’s comments on receiving the honor. Rudin is currently in her second year as a second-grade teacher at Avery Elementary School in Canton, Ga.
 “I was just so honored to have been chosen to receive the award,” she said. “I am so appreciative of Reinhardt and the Hasty family. 

“I was so overwhelmed with joy because of what I was able to do with the money for my classroom,” Rudin continued. “I spent it on learning materials that were much needed. It supported my classroom and I was able to differentiate with my students because I had a diverse population of children.

“I’m very blessed to have gone to Reinhardt because the College is definitely a 21st century school, as far as education goes. To be exposed to the curriculum that I was exposed to and the experiences I had – I feel I only would have gotten that at Reinhardt. The small classrooms and the top-notch professors were a big plus for me. This is a second career for me after being in the business world, so I was able to take a lot of my past and apply it to my future in the classroom.”

Hasty Background
A 1941 Reinhardt graduate, Hasty was synonymous with education in the state as a teacher, principal, superintendent of Cherokee County Schools and with the Georgia Education Association. Before his death in November 2003, he was a faithful supporter, advisor and donor to the College after his graduation and encouraged four generations of the Hasty family to attend Reinhardt. In the community, he also served as an author, newspaper columnist, state representative, state senator and Ninth District representative, and vice chair of the state transportation board.

Honoring a Man of Great Vision and Enthusiasm
“This award is a wonderful reminder of Sen. Hasty’s legacy of giving to others,” said JoEllen Wilson, Reinhardt vice president for institutional advancement and external affairs. “It’s a fitting way for Reinhardt to honor this alumnus, a man of great vision and infectious enthusiasm who worked tirelessly to improve the world around him.”

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