November 14, 2012
From: Laura Clark
Director of Media Relations
ULM professor honored at Accent on
Dr. Sandra Lunte, professor in the Division of Music at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, was honored as ULM's Outstanding Educator at the 2012 Accent on Excellence breakfast, held at the Monroe Civic Center, Nov. 14.
The event, sponsored by the Monroe Chamber of Commerce, recognizes outstanding educators and educational programs in the Monroe area.
"It is my great, great honor to receive this award," said Lunte.
"My students, present and past, mean the world to me. It is a joy to be a part of their lives while they are at ULM, and many times, after they graduate. To have the opportunity to teach, mentor and lead young people is a great responsibility I take extremely seriously, and to be recognized for it is a dream come true."
In August, Lunte received the ULM Excellence in Teaching Award.
She has held both the Emy-Lou Biedenharn Endowed Professor of Music and the William R. Hammond Endowed Professor in liberal arts during her teaching career.
She has taught several master classes, appeared in several television and radio broadcasts, and contributed to eight professional CD recordings.
Lunte received a B.M. from Ohio State University, an M.M. from Western Michigan University and a D.A. from Ball State University.
Lunte has taught at ULM for more than 16 years.
Several ULM alumni were also honored as outstanding educators:
- Karari Hanks, Neville High School, earned a master's in education from ULM.
- Rebekah Meredith, at Sallie Humble Elementary School, is a National Board Certified Teacher who is currently enrolled in ULM's Ed.D. program.
- Susan Roberts, an English instructor at West Monroe High School, earned a master's plus 30 from ULM.
- Amy Weems earned a bachelor's and a doctorate from ULM. Weems was honored as the Ouachita Parish Middle School Teacher of the Year, the Region VIII Middle School Teacher of the Year, and the Louisiana Teacher of the Year. She will now represent the State of Louisiana in the National Teacher of the Year competition.
- Melissa Williams, a teacher of English, Language Arts, and Social Studies at Highland Elementary School, graduated from ULM. Williams was also honored as a Region VIII Elementary School Teacher of the Year and Louisiana Elementary School Teacher of the Year.