Katie Dowd, Visual Art Education Major Receives Teacher of Promise Award

CMU Visual Art Education Major Honored at Network of Michigan Educators Annual Event

Katie Dowd, a Visual Art Education Major from Birch Run, Michigan has been awarded the Network of Michigan Educators Teacher of Promise Award.  The Network of Michigan Educators (NME) is Michigan's most prestigious professional education network known for inspiring excellence in education for both current professionals and teachers in training.  


Each year the NME invites local teacher colleges to elect two of their outstanding pre-service teachers for recognition as Teachers of Promise at its annual banquet.  The event, sponsored by the Michigan Department of Education and the Governor's Education & Talent Summit enables future educators to be honored alongside current leaders in the education field.

It is not surprising that Katie has been selected for this honor due to her extensive involvement in community-based art, art education and volunteer projects.  Katie helped design community murals for Art Reach of Mid-Michigan, numerous schools and civic organizations.  She has refined her teaching skills by creating art classes through an internship at Art Reach and served as coordinator for March to College Day, an event bringing first-generation 8th graders to CMU's campus to experience the life of a college student.  This program, under Katie's leadership, received a regional award from the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.

Katie shared, "Teaching art is what I have wanted to do since grade school.  I am looking forward to landing my first teaching job and sharing my passion for the arts with my students."  Katie continued, "Reflecting on my time at CMU, I have grown as a person and future art educator thanks to Dr. Ren Hullender and the opportunities he provided me.  It is an honor and very humbling to be recognized by the professors who have shared their talents with me.  I will continue to pay it forward."

Katie has already begun paying it forward through her volunteer activities through CMU's Alternative Breaks Program, Lunch Buddies, Adopt-A-Grandparent and Thank You for Teacher Appreciation Week.

Katie will graduate with honors from CMU in May 2018 and hopes to start teaching in the Fall of 2018.