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2019 Sheehan Awards

Jim Sheehan Pre-Service Teacher Award Winners

Dr. James J. “Jim” Sheehan devoted his professional career to preparing a new generation of social studies educators who utilize best practices in the classroom and strive to become social studies professionals engaged in the work of the Ohio Council for the Social Studies and NCSS. Jim brought his Miami University students to OCSS conferences each year where he assisted them in making their first professional presentations to colleagues. Through donations of his friends and colleagues, OCSS developed a program to honor Jim’s life work by recognizing outstanding new social studies professionals.

Each teacher training institution in Ohio, with at least one Higher Education SIG member, may select one student in their social studies education program to nominate each year. Students are selected based on leadership and scholarship exhibited as students in the education program.

The 2019 Jim Sheehan Pre-Service Teacher Award Winners Were:


Name of Institution 

Student's full name

Nominating Professor

Miami University

Megan Cremeans

Thomas Misco

University of Akron

Richard (Brendan) Hall

Brad Maguth

Bowling Green State University

Nicole Schwaben

Nancy Patterson

Ohio Wesleyan University

Cameron Smith

Sarah Kaka

Ohio Wesleyan University

Joseph Yurik

Sarah Kaka

The 2018 Jim Sheehan Pre-Service Teacher Award Winners Were: 

Name of Institution Student’s Full Name  

Nominating Professor


University of Akron Emily Allen Dr. Brad Maguth
Miami University Maria Jessica Kahn Dr. Thomas Misco
Ohio Wesleyan University Alexander Pacilio Dr. Sarah Kaka
Bowling Green State University Kaitlyn Jean Hamlin Mr. Art Lewandowski

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