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Battey National Educator Award

This Award has had a wonderful effect on Senior Honor Scholars, prompting them to reflect on their intellectual roots and on the road they have traveled from high school to where they are today.

The Charles and Joan Westmen Battey National Educator of the Year Award is administered by the Honor Scholar Program thanks to the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Battey. Joan Westmen Battey, a graduate of the DePauw Class of 1954, and her husband Chuck, established the Award in 2008 as a way to acknowledge, recognize and thank educators who have made a difference in the lives of DePauw's students. During the fall semester, Senior Honor Scholars are invited tosubmit brief essays nominating a high school teacher who inspired them profoundly during their high school years and continues to have an impact on their intellectual curiosity.  The Award entails a cash prize for the winner, as well as monies for the high school, to be spent on the winner’s recommendations.  The Honor Scholar Program also prepares a plaque for the winner and for the principal so that the Award recipient may be recognized within his or her high school. 

2018 Charles and Joan Westmen Battey National Educator:
Mr. Glenn Seland of Fishers High School in Fishers, IN

An excerpt from Sarah Ertelt's (Class of 2018) nominating essay:
"The best part about having Mr. Seland as a mentor is that he makes you feel like you’re the only student he’s mentoring. Not once did I feel like he was stretched too thin. He always made time to talk to me when I needed it even though he always had work to do teaching advanced English classes and being the English department chair at the time. Mr. Seland was my first real menor and he paved the way for other close relationships in my life. A huge part of why I chose DePauw was to have close relationships with my professors like I did with Mr. Seland."

2018 Battey - Seland

Pictured above right: Charles and Joan 'Westmen' Battey
Pictured above left: Sarah Ertelt, Glenn Seland, Kevin Moore, Joan Battey, & Chuck Battey