The Murray State University college of education announced the 2011 recipient of the Dr. Charles and Marlene Johnson Outstanding Education Award at the Harry M. Sparks Lecture on June 18. Pam Matlock, a lecturer in the department of adolescent, career and special education at MSU, was chosen for her outstanding service and teaching to the university, its students and the region.

Matlock is the 2+2 education coordinator at MSU’s Paducah Regional campus. She is president-elect of the Kentucky Association of Teacher Educators and vice president of Kentucky’s executive board of the Council for Exceptional Children. She will be the Kentucky representative for the National Council for Exceptional Children’s Representative Assembly in 2013 and 2014. Matlock is also the coordinator for the 2012 KATE conference and the editor of the Kentucky CEC newsletter.

She is faculty adviser for two MSU student organizations — the Student Council for Exceptional Children and the the Best Buddies organization, which pairs a university student as a buddy to Calloway County school district students with intellectual disabilities. Matlock is currently working with the federal Supported Higher Education Program initiative, which designs certification programs for individuals with intellectual disabilities at the collegiate level.

Matlock has authored a chapter on differentiation strategies for the National Business Education Association and has published K–12 anti-bullying lesson plans and strategies. She is a two-time recipient of an MSU Regional Stewardship Grant benefiting K-12 schools in the teaching of math, and has taught study abroad classes in Ireland and England. Additional experience abroad includes presentations in Germany and China, and teaching instructional strategies to faculty in Belize.

Matlock received her master’s and psychometry degrees from Murray State and has been teaching for the past 37 years — 27 in special education in the Paducah K-12 system and 10 at Murray State. She received MSU’s Max Carmen Outstanding Teacher Award, and in 2007 her teaching was recognized with the Board of Regents Award for Teaching Excellence.

She is married to Bill Matlock, and has one daughter, B.J., a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and a Navy lieutenant.

The Dr. Charles and Marlene Johnson Outstanding Education Award was established in 2010 by Dr. Charles and Mrs. Marlene Johnson and is awarded annually. “Teachers at all levels need to be recognized and appreciated more for what they do,” the Johnsons said. “Many spend their own money for materials and supplies for the classroom. Academic excellence begins in the classroom, and the teacher sets the proper tone and climate. We just want to recognize and award that example of excellence.”

This award provides recipients with additional support for professional faculty development, conferences and travel, obtaining research materials or other appropriate project.

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