For Immediate Release
Friday, February 14, 2003:

Contact for Reporters:
Brad Bohlander
(970) 491-1545
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FORT COLLINS – Six top educators at Colorado State University have been named Best Teacher award-winners for 2003 and will be honored during a ceremony Feb. 21. This year’s winners and their departments are Larry Bloom, professor, psychology; Mario Caballero, operations adviser for Campus Television and KCSU radio and instructor in journalism; Christopher Melby, professor, food science and human nutrition; Deborah Thompson, assistant professor, English; Stephen Thompson, professor, chemistry; and Suzanne Tochterman, assistant professor, education.This year’s winners were chosen from more than 200 nominations. Students, alumni and faculty were asked to submit nominations, and final selections were made by the Colorado State Alumni Association board of directors.Best Teacher Awards are sponsored by the Colorado State Alumni Association and the Student Alumni Connection. The award program will be held at the University Park Holiday Inn, 425 W. Prospect Road. Doors open at 6 p.m., dinner will follow and the awards program begins at 7 p.m. Admission is $10 per person. Advance tickets are required. To make reservations or for more information, call Emily Porter at (970) 491-3591 .

Following are the Best Teachers of 2003 and excerpts from the people who nominated them. Suzanne Tochterman, assistant professor, education. After completing an undergraduate degree at Vanderbilt, a master’s and doctorate at George Washington University, Tochterman taught students with special needs in Washington, D.C. Currently she is helping to prepare secondary teachers in the School of Education at Colorado State. One student said, “There are many teachers who talk about lofty ideas and enthusiastically promote the possibilities of education. There are few who are able to back up their ideas with hard-earned experience, integrity and who clearly follow through with their actions. Suzie is one of those people.

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