Dr. Paul Harman, Principal of Centennial Elementary School in the Nampa School District, has been named this year’s L.E. Wesche Outstanding Educator by Northwest Nazarene University. The award was presented at a private reception on Wednesday, April 17.
“Dr. Harman champions the importance of social and emotional learning in students—a topic that is gaining national attention in the field of education,” said Dr. LoriAnn Sanchez, Chair of the Department of Undergraduate Education. “His experience with students and contributions in the field of education are extensive, ranging from tutor, classroom teacher, counselor, principal and adjunct professor."
Dr. Harman received his Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Boise State University, his M.A. in Educational Administration from University of Mary in North Dakota and his B.A in Psychology and Elementary Education from Northwest Nazarene University. Dr. Harman has twice been named as Teacher of the Year in the Nampa School District, and received the Albertson’s College Education Department Master Teacher Award. He has served as a member of the Governor’s Council on Youth and Children and has been active in the Nampa Education Association.
During the 2018-2019 school year, under the direction of Principal Harman, Centennial Elementary School has made headlines on several occasions for prosocial programs and projects integrated into the curriculum, including A Space for Kindness and Arts Integration into the Classroom.
“As Principal of Centennial Elementary School, Dr. Harman positively impacts hundreds of children, parents and community members through his focused, student-centered leadership. Nampa School District and the students at Centennial Elementary School are fortunate to have an administrator like Dr. Paul Harman. Northwest Nazarene University is proud to call him an alumnus,” added Dr. Sanchez.
This award is named in honor of NNU faculty emeritus, Dr. Lilburn Wesche, who graduated from Northwest Nazarene College in 1951. During his 30-year career at NNU, he was a professor, head of the education department, director of teacher education, director of graduate studies, interim academic dean and chair of the division of professional studies. Award recipients are current professionals who make a positive impact in the field of education that extends beyond the classroom.
The L.E. Wesche Award recipient is nominated and selected by an advisory council composed of current and emeriti NNU education department faculty. The committee considers the candidates’ positive impact on the field of education extending beyond the classroom or office, how they have been a catalyst for change, their representation of the NNU ideals of scholarship in a Christian context and their quality leadership and service to the profession.