NAU’s College of Arts and Letters announced its Teacher of the Year for the 2020-2021 academic year is Angela Hansen.
Dr. Hansen is a professor in the English Department. She has taught at NAU since 2005.
“I would like to thank the college for acknowledging my efforts in preparing the next generation of teachers for their important work,” said Dr. Hansen. “I would especially like to extend my gratitude to Dr. Laura Gray-Rosendale for nominating me and to the students who wrote in to express their support.”
Dr. Hansen’s primary focus is preparing secondary school teachers in English Language Arts content and pedagogy. Her main research interests focus on ELA teaching methods, multicultural education, and teaching for social justice.
“The faculty in the College of Arts and Letters are dedicated to being outstanding teachers, so it is a special honor to be recognized among this extraordinary group,” she said.
“Congratulations to Angie,” said Christopher Griffin, acting dean of the College of Arts and Letters. “Not only is her own work with our NAU students outstanding, but her students will go on to be great educators after having learned their craft with Angie. She is one of my go-to colleagues for assistance and guidance on the Professional Education Programs Council.”
Other nominees this year include the School of Art’s Elisa Wiedeman, Theatre’s Kate Ellis, Music’s Rita Borden, and Global Languages and Cultures’ Sofia Wolhein.
“The group of nominees for this award was incredible, and I celebrate each of them for their skill and dedication,” said Dean Griffin. “Outstanding teachers are a big part of what makes the College of Arts and Letters such a special place for students to learn.”