Education & Social Sciences

Education - Alumni Teacher of the Year

The Warren K. and Helen J. Garner Alumni Teacher of the Year award honors a Manchester University teacher education alumnus/alumnae who is currently active in classroom teaching in preschool through grade 12, who:

  • has made significant contributions to education
  • provides exceptional service to the profession
  • is deeply concerned for the individual students
  • is able to inspire learning

Nominate a Manchester University alumnus/alumna for Teacher of the Year

2017 Alumni Teacher of the Year

With a fund created by Helen and Warren Garner, 1950 Manchester College graduates and long-time educators, each year the department recognizes an Alumni Teacher of the Year.

Marie Harris has a long lineage tied to Manchester University. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Manchester College (now University) in 1967. While here, she met her husband, Allan Harris ’66. In addition, her parents met while attending Manchester, and two of her brothers, one sister-in-law and one daughter are all Manchester graduates. Marie also earned her Master’s Degree from St. Francis in 1969.

Upon graduation from Manchester, Marie taught in the MSD Corporation of Wabash County and Wabash City Schools before finding her home in the West Noble School Corporation, where she has been teaching since 1977. She has taught kindergarten, 1st grade readiness, 1st grade, 3rd grade and 2nd grade, where she is currently the team leader. Manchester values the partnership she has continued with our education students, allowing her class to be pen pals with our teacher candidates, bringing her students to campus and allowing our students into her classroom for various activities. She is a member of NEA, ISTA, the School Leadership Council and the Ligonier UMC.

Marie has three daughters, Rebekah, Sarah and Abigail. She also has five grandchildren, Katherine, David, John Benjamin, Matthew, Elizabeth, and another one due this month.

Warren K. and Helen J. Garner Alumni Teacher of the Year honorees:

2017 Marie Snyder ’67 Harris elementary
2015 Jody Sarber '07 secondary math

Ryan S. Evans '07

2013 Paige Keim ’95 elementary
2012 Kacina Peters ’06 Pfeiffer elementary
2011 Connie Hicks ’74 Pipher elementary
2010 Portia Price ’86 Coe elementary
2005 Phil Sheets '71 '75
Pam Nussbaum Sheets '72 '75
third grade
2003 David McKenzie ’83 English and speech
2001 Beth Jones ’85 elementary
2000 Michael Hummer ’72 elementary
1999 Daniel Tyree ’76 English and speech
1997 Kermit Eby III '80 social studies
1995 Dean Beery ’65 fourth grade
1994 Robert Harkness ’68 third grade
1993 Kay Browning ’68 Sponseller English
1992 Larry Baker ’62 language arts and drama
1991 Nelda Brandeberry ’55 Snider home economics
1990 Joann Fisher ’54 Owen third grade
1989 Glen Dillman ’69 social studies
1988 Ruth Brown ’40 Brubaker