ASHEVILLE, N.C. (April 5, 2012) Associate Head of School Jay Bonner has been selected to receive the 2012 Hollins University Teaching Award for his role as a Humanities teacher at Asheville School. His former student Nancy VanNoppen, who graduated from Asheville School in 2007 and is currently a senior at Hollins University, nominated him for this award.
“The evidence of your extraordinary teaching skills and your worthiness of this award lives in Nancy and, I am sure, all the fortunate students whose lives you have touched,” said Hollins University President Nancy O. Gray.
The Hollins University Teaching Award is made possible by The Decker Endowment, established in 2007 by Hollins alumna Mary Bernhardt Wolfe Decker, Class of 1958, and her late husband, James DeWitt Decker. It is intended to honor educators who have devoted their lives to preparing students to achieve and excel in a higher education setting.
“I love how Mrs. Decker’s gift bridges and brings together secondary schools and universities. Giving students an opportunity to remember their high school experience in the context of their college experience strikes me as a way to extend and deepen a student’s educational framework,” Bonner said.
Mr. Bonner will be recognized at Hollins’ Commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 20, at 10:00 a.m. He will be presented with a check for himself and another check for Asheville School. He plans to designate the Asheville School check to the Jack W. Bonner IV Award for Excellence in the Senior Demonstration. He is grateful to be able to give to an award that prior students established in his honor.
A nationally acclaimed co-ed college preparatory boarding and day school, Asheville School enrolls approximately 275 students from across the country and overseas. Recent graduates are attending Harvard, Stanford, Columbia, University of Pennsylvania, Cornell, Caltech, UCLA, UNC-Chapel Hill, Davidson, NC State, University of Virginia, Emory, Duke, and Wake Forest, among others.