BISMARCK, ND — Today the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce surprised University of Mary’s Dr. Brenda Werner with the prestigious Crystal Apple Award as the 2017 Higher Education Outstanding Teacher of the Year.

The Chamber of Commerce said it received several pages from peers and students documenting support of this amazing teacher.

“Dr. Werner receives exceptionally high course evaluations from her students in all of her classes and is extremely passionate about teaching and meeting the needs of all her students,” added Dr. Rod Jonas, dean of Mary’s Liffrig Family School of Education and Behavioral Sciences. “She has dedicated herself to the teaching profession and continually strives to develop new and innovative teaching methods in her classroom.”

Now in her 28th year of teaching, Werner has a vast history in education at the high school and post-secondary ranks. Since 2012 as a fulltime faculty member in the Liffrig Family School of Education and Behavioral Sciences, she’s taught education courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Werner is currently the chair of Graduate Education, but continues to teach undergraduate, master’s and doctorate degree courses.

She continues to prepare students for the global world at the college level by exposing them to different cultures and helping them to understand there is more to the world outside North Dakota.

When she’s not leading approximately 20 professional development workshops, or researching and publishing materials that uncover trends both nationally and internationally—she is advancing University of Mary’s Doctorate of Education to be one of 80 education doctorate programs in the world that are associates of this consortium.

Werner is highly respected by her colleagues not only in our school, but those throughout the university. She has led many teaching development workshops on our campus and throughout the state and is considered the one of the most knowledgeable scholars in North Dakota on the topic of Differentiated Instruction.