Dr. Sandra Imdieke received the Northern Michigan University “Excellence in Teaching Award” for 2011-2012. Her outstanding work as a teacher of undergraduate students in face-to-face classrooms, graduate students in online environments, and colleagues in professional development contexts has been previously recognized by the Michigan Reading Association as the “Teacher Educator of the Year” (2006) and by NMU as the Michigan Association of Governing Board and the Northern Michigan University Distinguished Faculty (1999 and 2000 respectively).
Sandra has mentored countless students and colleagues in the value of children’s literature, the selection of high quality, appropriate books, and the pedagogy required to support readers in constructing deeper meanings from texts they read, whether for enjoyment or to find new ideas and information. Dr. Imdieke has been a member of the most prestigious committees in the nation that choose the best children’s illustrator (i.e., Caldecott Award, which she is Chairing in 2012), the best book for upper level K-12 students (i.e., Newbery Award), and the best international book written in a different language and translated into English (i.e., Batchelder Committee Chair, Association for Library Services to Children, American Library Association, 2009). Her cutting edge experiences make teacher candidates at NMU among the nation’s best prepared in the field of children’s literature.