Dr. Diane Kyle, Chair of the CEHD’s Department of Early Childhood and Elementary Education, was presented the Louisville Writing Project’s (LWP) Patrona Award at the LWP 30th Anniversary Event in June. She was nominated by many students, faculty and LWP colleagues for being a ‘champion for writing excellence and writing teachers at the University of Louisville.’
The Patrona Award was established by Dr. Marjorie Kaiser, retired CEHD faculty member, in 1988. The purpose of the award was to acknowledge “outstanding advocacy of a principal or administrator who has fostered the cause of writing instruction and writing teachers.” In honor of Dr. Kaiser, who passed away earlier this year, the award was officially renamed the Marjorie M. Kaiser Patrona Award during the June event.
The award is not given annually–only when several LWP members come together to nominate someone for outstanding advocacy of the Louisville Writing Project. Dr. Kyle received many nominating notes and letters from former students, some of which were read at the award presentation.
The last winner of the Patrona Award was Dr. Blake Haselton, in 2009. He and Dr. Kyle are the only two university affiliated faculty who have won this award since 1988.