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Lange receives top teaching honor at Roanoke College

  • Lange receives top teaching honor at Roanoke College

  • 06/23/11

    Salem, Va.- A teaching career was far from Lorraine Lange's mind when she arrived on Roanoke College's campus as a freshman from New Jersey. Though she majored in psychology, she decided to earn a license to teach, which required her to spend some time in a classroom as a student teacher.

    "I wanted to go to a liberal arts college and Roanoke was especially popular in the northeast," Lange said. "After I got here, I found teaching was my calling."

    Lange, a 1969 graduate of Roanoke College, has received one of the college's top teaching honors, the 2011 Margaret Sue Copenhaver Contribution to Education Award.

    "This means so much to me because I'm a Roanoke College graduate," Lange said during an awards banquet.

    Now, she is superintendent of Roanoke County Public Schools and has about 42 years of educational experience under her belt, first as a special education and kindergarten teacher and later as an administrator and adjunct professor.

    "I receive this award on behalf of all the people I've worked with over the years," Lange said.

    Each year, administrators of the Margaret Sue Copenhaver Institute for Teaching and Learning choose a successful educator who shows the same passion for teaching children as Copenhaver, a retired teacher from Richmond.

    Copenhaver's sister, Helen Hanes, through an endowed gift, started the MSCI for Teaching and Learning, a three-day training program for teachers. The sessions, held at Roanoke College June 20 through June 22, included workshops, technology sessions, discussions and special speakers.

    About 100 teachers and administrators from Virginia and other states participated in this year's institute.

    Lange arose as a worthy candidate for the Copenhaver honor, because she is a Roanoke College alum with a track record in education for a variety of levels, including college instruction, said Dr. Leslie Murrill, an associate professor of education at Roanoke College and co-director of the MSCI. Lange has worked as an adjunct professor at several area colleges and universities, including Roanoke.

    "She has been dedicated to high quality education," Murrill said.

    Roanoke College, a classic liberal arts college in Salem, Virginia, combines firsthand learning with valuable personal connections in a beautiful, undergraduate setting. Roanoke is one of just seven percent of colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society. The Princeton Review lists Roanoke as one of the "Best 376 Colleges" in its 2012 guidebook, which includes the top nine percent of colleges, and U.S. News & World Report ranks Roanoke the number seven "Up-and-coming National Liberal Arts College."

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