BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College President Scott D. Miller presented one faculty member and one staff member with the President’s Awards for Excellence in Performance during the College’s Honors Day Convocation April 16. The awards, which are given to those who go “beyond the ordinary in their everyday positions,” were given to Sherri Theaker, Associate Professor of Education and Chair of the Department of Education, and Jay Eisenhauer, Supervisor of Housekeeping, Miller announced.
Theaker, who has been at Bethany since 2011, works hard to stay on top of the changes and challenges in the field of education, Miller said. She has incorporated technology into her lessons and has set up collaborative initiatives with five counties near Bethany College.
In the latest issue of Bethany’s alumni magazine, Bethany Today, Theaker discussed what she tells her students about what it takes to be an educator.
“I tell them if you’re not motivated by just being in the school building with the children, you need to find a new profession,” she said. “Thirty years into this job, for the sake of the children in your classroom, you better have passion.”
Theaker’s passion for her profession is evident to her co-workers and students, Miller said.
Before coming to Bethany, Dr. Theaker worked in the education departments of Ohio University Eastern and Youngstown State University.
She received her Bachelor of Science degree at The Ohio State University in human ecology, her Masters of Education at Youngstown State, and her Doctorate in Education at Ohio University Athens.
Jay Eisenhauer began working at Bethany in 1987 in the College’s mailroom. In 2005, he became Coordinator of Mail and Duplication Services, and in 2008 he took his current job, Supervisor of Housekeeping.
“You might be surprised to hear that ‘friendliness’ is not part of the job description,” Miller said. “It’s a trait Jay embodies, though – so well that it should go on his resume.”
Eisenhauer is currently in his third term and sixth year as the town of Bethany’s mayor, where he also applies his attitude of being a hard worker and great leader, Miller said.
In September, Eisenhauer will have been a Bethany College employee for 28 years.
Bethany College is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.