“Forever” is the answer we receive when we ask how long professor Kathi Bailey has graced the Monterey Institute with her intelligence, warmth, and undying passion for the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) program. Since 1981 Kathi has shown exceptional dedication to her students, who many years later talk about the care packages she sent when they were off on their Peace Corps assignments, or how she still, years after graduation, “traipses around” in the heads of her former students when they are editing, writing grants or creating assessment tasks. Her many students as well as her colleagues at MIIS were happy to learn today that Kathi is the recipient of the 2013 Leslie Eliason Excellence in Teaching Award.
In her announcement, Provost Amy Sands wrote that “Professor Bailey has a record of excellence in teaching and an ongoing, inspiring commitment to providing our students the highest quality education possible. She has worked with countless students to ensure their success in both their academic and career objectives, and dedicated herself to building a strong community of excellence at MIIS.”
Professor Bailey embodies much of what Professor Eliason also dedicated her teaching efforts towards according to Provost Sands and the selection committee. “Leslie Eliason was a strong woman, dynamic and passionate about her chosen profession of teaching. She pursued her responsibilities as a teacher and mentor with great warmth and care for her students and colleagues, reflecting her intelligence, integrity, good humor, and commitment to quality in all of her endeavors.”
“Similarly,” says provost Sands, “Professor Bailey has dedicated her career at MIIS to building a world class TESOL/TFL program that delivers the highest quality education and prepares our students for their future careers in this field.” In addition to her impressive record in teaching, Kathi Bailey is also recognized widely “as a professional and expert in her field, working with colleagues at MIIS and in various organizations to enhance the programs and career opportunities in this area.”
Congratulations to Professor Kathi Bailey, who will also be the December 2013 commencement speaker.
The Committee also selected Professor Julie Johnson as the recipient of the Honorable Mention Award. Professor Johnson will receive a Certificate for Outstanding and Dedicated Teaching as well as a small cash award as way of recognizing her efforts.