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Centennial Awards

We want to celebrate Baylor School of Education graduates and mentors whose work makes significant, observable changes in the lives of others and exemplifies the Christian mission and practices of the SOE. 

We are accepting nominations for our Centennial Outstanding Alumni Award and Outstanding Young Alumni Award. Current or former students, faculty, staff or School of Education partners may nominate potential honorees. 

We honored our Outstanding Mentor, recipient, Cathy Henson, April 25 at the Senior Banquet. See below.

We will recognize our Outstanding Alumni and Young Alumni recipients Sept. 27 at the annual Scholarship Donor Banquet.

Centennial Outstanding Alumni Award
Centennial Outstanding Young Alumni Award

Centennial Outstanding Mentor Educator Award
(Nominations are closed / See Awards Story)

Qualifications and Instructions


Centennial Outstanding Mentor Teacher

Waco kindergarten teacher Cathy Henson received the Centennial Outstanding Mentor Award – a first for the Baylor School of Education – during the SOE’s Senior Banquet on Thursday, April 25, 2019, at the Baylor Club.

The Centennial SOE Outstanding Mentor honor was awarded in conjunction with the SOE’s year-long Centennial anniversary celebration. Henson was chosen from among a field of educators nominated by current and former SOE students, faculty, staff and partners. Alexandria Knight, Henson’s student teaching intern this year, nominated her mentor along with three of Henson’s former interns: Landreigh Knapp, BSEd ’18; Carmen Gutierrez Rodarte, BSEd ’16;  and Lauren Ancell, BSEd ’17.

A native of Teague, Texas, Henson received her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Baylor in 1973. She has taught school for 34 years — in Burleson, Marlin and Waco — and now teaches kindergarten at Parkdale Elementary School in Waco ISD, where she has been since 2005.

Henson said Baylor SOE is unique in the way it prepares future teachers. “The intern year is so important because it allows the candidates to spend the year in a classroom working closely with a mentor teacher,” she said. “The experiences that are gained are invaluable because the intern has firsthand knowledge of how to begin a school year and everything else that could happen throughout a day. I have truly enjoyed serving as a mentor teacher.”

Read the complete story about Henson's award HERE