April 08, 2015
Elizabeth City, NC – April 09, 2015.
Each spring, the faculty of Mid-Atlantic Christian University selects an individual from the teaching faculty as “Teacher of the Year.” The individual selected must demonstrate excellence in being able to lead and motivate students; to understand, relate, listen, and interact with students; support the total mission of the university; demonstrate innovation in teaching; be an outstanding instructor; and demonstrate service beyond the classroom through participation in professional organizations and community activities.
This year’s distinctive selectee is Dr. Cheryl Luton, Assistant Professor of Elementary Education. Dr. Luton received her B.S. in Elementary Education at Towson University, her M.Ed. in Elementary Education at Elizabeth City State University, and her Ph.D. in Education at Capella University. Dr. Luton has been a professional educator since 1991. Dr. Luton taught in the public school system for 15 years and brings a wealth of personal experience to the classroom. She has also taught and mentored students at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Dr. Luton served as an Assistant Professor at Elizabeth City State University and coordinated the Masters in Elementary Education program.
Dr. Luton began teaching at Mid-Atlantic in 2013. In addition to preparing students to pursue excellence in education, she loves the opportunity to be able to encourage students in their faith and to pray with the students she advises. Professor Luton ensures her students are actively engaged in the classrooms in our community in order that they can understand the rigors of being a professional educator as well as help prepare them for the licensure exams required to teach in the public school system.
In 2014 Mid-Atlantic became a Pearson Vue regional testing center. This testing center allows Elementary Education majors at MACU to take licensure exams on campus. Until MACU
established this testing center and partnership with Pearson, the closest testing site in North Carolina was in Greenville.
In addition to her accomplishments in the field of Education, Dr. Luton has a passion for Bible translation. She, and her husband, Dr. John Luton, also serve with Wycliffe Associates. Dr. Luton has gone overseas on two mission trips to South Asia this year and is scheduled for another in June 2015.
Upon being selected for this award by her peers, Dr. Luton stated: “I am truly honored and humbled to be selected as Mid-Atlantic’s Teacher of the Year. It is a blessing to be part of the faculty at MACU.” Upon hearing that Luton was selected for this honor, President D. Clay Perkins noted that "It is no surprise that Dr. Luton is Mid-Atlantic teacher of the year. She is a dedicated professional and is passionate about her faith, students, and the mission of Mid-Atlantic.”
Mid-Atlantic honors Dr. Cheryl Luton. Professor Luton embodies the mission of Mid-Atlantic Christian University as she challenges students to serve with excellence in the marketplace as
extraordinary Christian leaders.
Questions or comments may be directed to the Office of the President.
Mid-Atlantic Christian University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award certificates, associate and baccalaureate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Mid-Atlantic Christian University.
Mid-Atlantic Christian University, a private, faith based, four year college is committed to equality of educational opportunity and will not discriminate against applicants, students, or employees on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, gender, age, disability, or prior military service. Federal guidelines (Sections 702-703 of Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act) clearly recognize the right of church related institutions to seek personnel who will support the goals of the institution. Being a student or employee at Mid-Atlantic Christian University requires a commitment and lifestyle consistent with the institution's mission and values.
John Maurice, VP for Institutional Advancement