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Kathy Campbell, Ivy Tech Community College Richmond associate professor of Early Childhood Education and School of Education Preschool Coordinator, received the Hoosier Educator of the Year Award at the recent Indiana Association for the Education of Young Children (IAEYC) annual conference in Indianapolis.

Campbell has been teaching adult students at the Richmond campus since 2005 in the School of Education. She has also taught and coordinated the Ivy Tech Preschool Lab for the past 18 years. In her nomination, a student mentioned she is “passionate about the field of early childhood and it shows in the way she teaches her classes and addresses her students-child or adult”. Campbell was also honored by Ivy Tech in 2008 with the Richmond Distinguished Alumni Award and in 2010 with the President’s Award for Excellence in Instruction.

A leader in introducing therapy dogs into the pre-school environment, Campbell introduced a golden doodle, Holly, into her preschool classroom in 2006. In addition to her classroom duties, Holly travels with Kathy to college campuses and community events. They also presented at the 2012 IAEYC annual conference. Holly is mascot for Holly’s Paws, a fundraising initiative to endow an Ivy Tech Richmond scholarship in Early Childhood Education. This scholarship will support students in the Education, Public and Social Services degree programs.

The Preble County, Ohio, resident earned the Master of Science in Education and Allied Professions from the University of Dayton, Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from St. Mary-of-the-Woods College, and the Associate of Science in Child Development from Ivy Tech Richmond. Along with volunteering on various boards and programs, she is currently a Master 4-H volunteer for the Pet PALS-Wags and Whiskers 4-H Club (Eaton, OH) and has “a passion for connecting humans and animals.” This club guides 4-H members (ages 8-18) in working with animals, including dogs, cats, chickens, rabbits and other animals, on visits to nursing homes, connecting the elderly with young children and animals.

Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its communities. In addition, its courses and programs transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.

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