Rich Payne, an adjunct professor for William Woods University, received the Educator of the Year Award from the Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce last month.
This marks the 11th year local educators have been honored. Four winners were selected this year, based upon educational history and professional development activities, philosophy of teaching, a personal glimpse (activities outside the classroom, community service, etc.) and letters of recommendation. Honorees received the prestigious Crystal Apple Award, $500 and a commemorative video.
Payne is the director of Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center and an adjunct faculty member of WWU for the Master of Education program in Cape Girardeau. He previously was nominated for the Educator of the Year Award in 1997.
With 21 years of teaching experience, Payne said he believes in the holistic teaching principle of education and feels each and every student should be educated in all areas.
“The mental, physical, emotional and social facets of the student’s education are all important,” he said. “A well-rounded student will be a successful and productive citizen.”