McCallie Announces Faculty Fellows For 2017-18 School Year

Monday, August 14, 2017
The 2017 McCallie Faculty Fellows. Back row, from left, Roc Evans '91, Brent Alverson, Cleve Latham, and Cary Hubbard. Front row, from left, Sam Currin '03, Randy Odle, Paul Cudd, and Duke Richey '86. (Not pictured, Frank Watkins)
The 2017 McCallie Faculty Fellows. Back row, from left, Roc Evans '91, Brent Alverson, Cleve Latham, and Cary Hubbard. Front row, from left, Sam Currin '03, Randy Odle, Paul Cudd, and Duke Richey '86. (Not pictured, Frank Watkins)

McCallie School's Faculty Fellows program annually rewards outstanding educators who make a positive impact on both the academic and character development of their students.  

The 2017 Faculty Fellows announced at the Opening of School Dinner are Director of Instrumental Music Brent Alverson; French, Latin, Spanish and Germin teacher Paul Cudd; English Department Chair Sam Currin '03; sixth-grade math teacher Roc Evans '91; holder of the Baker Chair of American History Duke Richey '86; upper school math teacher Cary Hubbard; English teacher and Director of Academic Research Cleve Latham; History Department Chair Randy Odle; and Language Department Chair Frank "Paco" Watkins. 

Mr. Hubbard, Mr. Lathan, Mr. Odle and Mr. Watkins are now two-time Faculty Fellow honorees. 

The program was initiated in 2008 by former Board Chairman Ed Michaels ’60. A monetary reward for each honoree is funded through an endowment. 

A committee selects the fellows from a pool of teachers who are in their professional review year. Faculty are evaluated every four years based on classroom observations, class surveys, a professional improvement plan, department input, response to strategic questions, a personal teaching portfolio and nominations from alumni and parents. 

Selection criteria include the following:
Passion for teaching and their subject
Knowledgeable about the subject and effective at helping students understand the material
Enthusiastic and energetic
Effective communicator
Genuinely interested in the student as a person and his well-being
Approachable, accessible, patient and understanding
Challenges boys to be more than they think they can be
Stresses character and values in and out of the classroom
Offers thoughtful and helpful ways to improve



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