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Webb’s Odgen receives honor

At this year’s Tennessee Association of Independent Schools’ Biennial Conference in Nashville, Nov. 9 and 10, Webb School of Knoxville alumna and Upper School mathematics teacher and grade level dean, Stephanie B. Ogden, was one of seven outstanding teachers from across the state to be presented with TAIS’ most prestigious honor, the Hubert Smothers Award.

This award commemorates the combination of deep commitment to the teaching profession and demonstrated excellence in all aspects of education that characterized the life and work of the remarkable Tennessee teacher and headmaster, the late leader of Harrison-Chilhowee Baptist Academy, for whom it was named.

The Hubert Smothers Award honors select educators who have met rigorous criteria. Each has taught for 20 years or more while continuing to be a “life-long learner” and to demonstrate enthusiasm for teaching.

They also are teachers who have a long-term positive impact on their students, and who possess sensitivity to the needs of students and work unselfishly toward their development.

In addition, they have exhibited leadership in extracurricular educational activities, have a positive relationship with colleagues and the administration, and importantly, make contributions to further education beyond the school community that have an impact on the wider local, state or national educational community.

Recipient of Webb’s Dr. Edward L. Tauxe Award for most influential teacher in 2006 and 2007, Ogden has immersed herself in the life of Webb School, serving as summer school director, golf coach, and faculty sponsor of a wide range of student activities, including Webb’s Student Government Association, cheerleading, and trips abroad.

An instructional leader at Webb, she co-created an interdisciplinary engineering course, funded by the National Science Foundation, and an interdisciplinary course on Renaissance Florence, funded by a division of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Ogden enjoys crossing disciplinary boundaries, having taught chemistry, physics, and calculus-based Advanced Placement physics, as well as the full range of Webb’s math course offerings. She has acted as a teacher leader on numerous school development committees at Webb and as an active member of the school’s Alumni Association, which honored her as the 2007 recipient of the Robert Webb Service Award for outstanding service and leadership to the Webb community.

Ogden is a faculty consultant for the Advanced Placement Calculus reading, serving as a table leader and a question team member. She has been a workshop leader at Dartmouth College and a presenter and school liaison for the Tennessee Association of Independent Schools. Ogden has served on the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ evaluation team at Webb and at the Girls Preparatory School in Chattanooga. She is a Ph.D. candidate in the department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at The University of Tennessee, and says she hopes to apply her research interest in trust-based honor system communities to positively impact students in the broader educational community.


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