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March 13, 2017

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Two local educators will be honored for teaching and leadership by the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD).

Beth Chun, instructor for Johnson County Adult Education, and Katherine Bailes, faculty for humanities at Johnson County Community College, were chosen by their peers for NISOD Excellence Awards.

They will be recognized at the NISOD International Conference May 27-30 in Austin, Texas.

Beth Chun works with students in a classroom.

Chun works with students in JCCC’s English as a Second Language program. “Students show much dedication to their studies under Beth’s guidance,” wrote nominator Judy Gordon, receptionist for JCAE. “Beth makes every class session stimulating, productive and fun. Students come in smiling and leave smiling.”

Katherine Bailes works with students in a classroom.

Bailes was nominated by Irene Schmidt, foreign language faculty. Schmidt was a judge for an exhibition presented by students in World Mythology class, which Bailes organized.

“In the process of reviewing the extensive criteria, I gained a new appreciation for the work and enthusiasm I heard from students with regards to their topics of presentation. Many students also commented on how much they loved their professor,” she wrote.

Since its inception in 1978, NISOD has emphasized the importance of teaching and leadership excellence in institutions of higher education. NISOD has worked to serve, engage and inspire teachers and leaders through conferences, publications, web services, partnerships, programs and more.