Dr. Art Evans, professor of mathematics at Brenau University, speaks during Masters in Teaching – Life Changers at Work at Brenau East Campus. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)
Dr. Art Evans, professor of mathematics at Brenau University, speaks during Masters in Teaching – Life Changers at Work at Brenau East Campus. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Professor, Alum Were Two of Nine Honored in Annual Program Tuesday

Mar. 22, 2017
Kristen Bowman

A longtime Brenau professor and a university alum were among the nine honorees at the annual Masters in Teaching – Life Changers at Work program Tuesday, March 21.

The event was the fourth and final of the 2016-2017 Featherbone Communiversity Masters Series. It featured guest speaker Georgia Teacher of the Year Casey Bethel, science teacher at New Manchester High School in Douglas County, as well as a panel discussion with the honorees.

The nine local instructors honored were Art Evans (Brenau University), Natalie Hyslop (University of North Georgia), Bridget Rigby (Lanier Technical College), Laurie Brown (World Language Academy), Jennifer Gibson (Chestatee High School), Kim Iglehart (Centennial Arts Academy), Jordan Holcombe (Enota Multiple Intelligences Academy), William McBride (Riverside Military Academy) and Holly Ann Pratt (Lakeview Academy).

Pratt, a Lakeview kindergarten teacher living in Buford, earned her bachelor’s from Brenau in 1995 and her master’s in 2010. Tuesday, she discussed the motivation to study education and become a teacher.

“My entire childhood was spent playing school,” Pratt said. “All we ever wanted to do was play school, to set up our classrooms. And here I am as an adult getting to do that every day. It’s a wonderful thing, and I think it’s the greatest, most exhausting job in the world.”

Evans has worked at Brenau for 23 years and taught in Murray County Schools for a decade prior to joining the university. Education was a second career for him after serving as a fighter pilot in Vietnam. As an educator, Evans said he has long had a particular interest in adult education.

“I thoroughly enjoy it,” Evans said. “I carried into the university a desire to particularly help with the adult education. I graduated from high school in 1952. … It was 22 years before I got my B.S. in 1974, one class at a time in night school, with a job and a family.”

Today, Evans is a professor of mathematics and lead instructor for all teacher education mathematics across all platforms, including online. He is also an assessment coordinator in addition to teaching mathematics courses online. Brenau’s continually growing online programs, which are geared toward adult and graduate learners, offer working adults the opportunity to continue their education.

Evans credited Brenau for educating the “whole person.”

“Brenau is in the business of making sure students have successful careers,” Evans said. “If you’re an adult student, you have so many things going on in your life that we as teachers and professors have to make it a successful experience, whatever bending and work it takes on our part.”

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