Recent CU Grad Named Teacher of the Year at School in Indiana
Athens, W.Va. – Mr. Derek Trull, art teacher at Wendell Phillips School 63, one of nearly 50 public K-6 schools in Indianapolis, Ind., was named “IPS (Indianapolis Public School) Teacher of the Year” for 2007-08. Trull is a first-year teacher in the IPS system, and this is his second year of teaching.
Originally from Princeton, he graduated from Concord University in 2005 with degrees in studio art, graphic design, and art education. Derek will now compete in the state’s Teacher of the Year competition. The district will celebrate all teachers of the year in November.
Said Principal Rosalind Keels, “During Wendell Phillips’ inaugural school year, Derek set a precedent by molding our new art program into a prime example of originality, imagination and inspiration.”
Trull is the son of Associate Professor of Education, Dr. Cheryl A. Trull. Dr. Trull has taught at Concord for nine years.
“Derek has become an outstanding leader in the field of art education. His aspiring career began with an instillation window project at Princeton Middle School during his student teaching, to teacher of the year for his school and district in Indianapolis. He was asked by the leaders of his school to become part of the principal, moral, technology and discipline committees. Derek was also invited to establish an art gallery for students at Wendell Phillps in one of the many Star Bucks in Indianapolis; I was able to see this during my summer visit with him. Derek has become a well respected and dedicated teacher; a direct indication that we are guiding our future leaders in the appropriate direction at Concord. Needless to say, I am very proud of him!” stated Professor Trull.
PHOTO: Derek Trull is commended as “Teacher of the Year” by Dr. Eugene White, superintendent of Indianapolis Public Schools.