Grace Student Receives ICSS Award

On November 2, senior Nina Ferry of Lockport, Illinois received the Dennis Beadles Outstanding Future Social Studies Educator Award at the Indiana Council for the Social Studies (ICSS) Conference for the state of Indiana. Ferry was the sole recipient of the award presented during the annual conference held in Indianapolis. The award recognizes and honors Dennis Beadles as a Social Studies Educator and former member of the Indiana Council for the Social Studies Board of Directors.

Ferry was nominated by Dr. Mark Norris, in collaboration with the education department advisors, to receive the award. Norris is a current member of the ICSS Board of Directors, Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Grace College, and is also Ferry’s advisor.

“It is an honor to receive this award,” said Ferry. “My professors, the opportunities that my time at Grace has offered me, and the passion the Lord has put in me to learn and teach is really what helps me to move forward in my career both educationally and professionally.”

Ferry is currently pursuing a triple major in Social Studies Education, Special Education, and History at Grace College and will pursue both grad school and teaching options when she graduates.

“My professors in the Education and History programs at Grace have helped me to see the true integration of faith and learning- which is something many Christian colleges fail to achieve- and I will take that away with me as I move forward into whatever the Lord has planned for me after college,” explained Ferry.  “I owe much of my passion for learning and teaching to the people that have modeled and poured their passions of teaching and learning into me.”

The Indiana Council for the Social Studies encourages School of Education professors to nominate an outstanding future social studies educator from their institution.

The Indiana Council for the Social Studies is the premier professional organization of social studies teachers in the state of Indiana.  The organization supports quality social studies curriculum and instruction in Indiana’s schools, by providing members a professional environment to grow in their knowledge and experiences with other practitioners.

Grace College and Seminary is an evangelical Christian community of higher education that offers undergraduate and graduate degrees and applies biblical values in strengthening character, sharpening competence and preparing for service. Grace College also offers flexible online and hybrid-online graduate degrees, on-campus and online degree completion programs, and highly affordable, easily accessible two-year degree programs in Fort Wayne and Indianapolis.  The 180-acre main campus is located in the historic resort town of Winona Lake, near Warsaw, Indiana.

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