Paul Erickson, 2004 summa cum laude graduate of Fort Hays State University, has been named the 2004 recipient of the Cecile LaSalle Beougher Potential for Excellence in Teaching Award from FHSU's College of Education and Technology.
Erickson received his award before Commencement on May 15.
Erickson, a Buhler High School graduate, transferred to FHSU from Hutchinson Community College. He graduated FHSU with a 4.0 GPA.
Cecile Beougher (pronounced BOO-ker, "boo" rhyming with "shoe") was a teacher with a distinguished teaching career in the Hays school system. She was born and grew up in Decatur County. She graduated from FHSU and taught in Monument and Winona before coming to Hays in 1971. She taught kindergarten at Washington Elementary for 23 years.
In 1990, Beougher received the Presidential Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics. In her memory and honor, the Cecile LaSalle Beougher Potential for Excellence in Teaching Award was first presented in 1994.
The $750 award was established to recognize the potential for teaching excellence among elementary education majors at Fort Hays State University. It is intended that the money will be used for teaching materials, further education or professional development. The funds awarded may be used at the discretion of the recipient.