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DUCKERT NAMED EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR
05 May 1996 07:32:50
95049 DUCKERT NAMED EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR
AT APCE CONFERENCE
By Julian Shipp
ATLANTA--You only had to hear the testimonies to her fetish for
crossword puzzles or see the standing ovation from her colleagues
to understand why Mary Duckert was named Educator of the Year
during the conference of the Association of Presbyterian Church
Educators (APCE) in Atlanta Feb. 8-11.
Described as a "with the troops" educator and writer, Duckert,
who has been involved with APCE for more than 40 years, was one of
five people honored for their achievements during the
organization's awards ceremony.
Author of the book "Help! I'm a Sunday School Teacher," which
was in print 25 years, Duckert said her honor marks a victory for
all church educators. She said Christian educators are proud of
their importance to the Presbyterian Church and have a strong
internal support group.
"This assemblage right here knows the meaning of support and
practices it better than any other group in the church," Duckert
said. "Why? Because we're pastors, executives, lay educators,
teachers, curriculum developers, writers and leadership specialists
who all need one another.
"Support is our business and support is our profession,"
Duckert said. "We are people with a sense of humor permeating our
Following graduation from McCormick Theological Seminary in
Chicago, Duckert was called to First Presbyterian Church in
Hammond, Ind., where she served as director of Christian education
(DCE). She next worked at Westminster Press as a publications
representative in the Southeast and Northeast, which led to her
editing Christian Faith and Life children's resources.
Feeling the need for more experience in a local church in
order to be a more sensitive editor and relevant writer, she then
served as DCE in Libertyville, Ill. Then she served as director
of children's work at Fairmont Church in Cleveland Heights, Ohio,
where she directed the nursery school and wrote curriculum
After serving as an elder, teacher and presbytery committee
leader, Duckert retired to Portland, Ore., and wrote two more
books: "New Kid in the Pew" and "A World of Children's Games."
"She's never lost sight of her role as an educator," said
Carolyn Olds Mikels, a close friend of Duckert and member of San
Gabriel Presbytery in Asuza, Calif. "Even as we honor Mary Duckert
as Educator of the Year, her accomplishments challenge us to carry
Other award recipients were Dean Glass Vandegrift, Stratton
Lee Peacock and Betty Sue Wright, who received the APCE Life
Achievement Award; and Marilyn Ilana Avent, who received the E.
Valaria Murphy Scholarship Award.
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