January 16, 2009
Layton named Cowley College's Endowed Chair
Being named the recipient of the Paul Stirnaman Memorial Award for Teaching
Excellence during Cowley College’s Back to School In-Service
in August, 2008, Scott Layton, Cowley College Natural Science Department
Instructor, could not believe his ears when he heard his name called
as the school’s Endowed Chair during Thursday’s In-Service.
“I knew I was nominated, but I was totally shocked to hear I was the new Endowed Chair,” Layton said. “To be considered amongst what I consider to be a very talented group of instructors at the college is amazing. This is perhaps the most meaningful award I have ever received.”
As an instructor in the natural science department, Layton is responsible for teaching microbiology and biology classes. He received bachelors and masters degrees from Oklahoma State University.
Thanks to the generous support of CornerBank, Layton will receive $2,000 a year for each of the next two years. A total of $500 each year will be used for continuing education, while the other $1,500 is Layton’s to use however he would like.
Layton plans to use the money to either attend a conference or pursue a summer internship at a laboratory or university in the hopes of implementing some of the things he learns into his classroom.
CornerBank vice president/branch manager Joyce McArtor was on hand to honor Layton as was Cowley College’s director of alumni and endowment, Shannon Massey.
Slade Griffiths, Cowley College vice president of academic affairs, felt Layton was a worthy selection for the college’s Endowed Chair.
“Mr. Layton received the Endowed Chair honor because of his continuous dedication to the students and learning in the classroom,” Griffiths said. “Throughout his tenure here at Cowley College, he has actively sought to improve learning by implementing lessons that are realistic, rigorous and designed to start lifelong learning. Scott clearly deserves this honor. I would also like to thank CornerBank for providing this award for our outstanding faculty at the college.”
With Layton being the sixth recipient of the award, CornerBank has now donated $24,000 to the Endowed Chairs. Former Endowed Chair recipients are, Dejon Ewing, Michelle Schoon, Connie Donatelli, Pam Smith, and Marlys Cervantes.
“Those are all highly respected teachers on campus,” Layton said.
Layton, who serves as Cowley College’s Math and Science Club co-sponsor and was listed in the Who's Who Among American Teachers in the 2005-06 and 2006-07 academic years and the Who’s Who in North American Colleges and Universities in 2008-09, was named the Teacher of the Year at Stillwater Junior High School in 2001.
He began teaching at Cowley in 2002 and is a member of the Cowley Education Association, KNEA, and NEA.
Layton said his success is in part because of the people he surrounds himself with.
“I have had a lot of help along the way,” Layton said. “Several people have had a hand in my success, including my wife (Debbie) and people in my department.”