The Edmond Sun

August 7, 2013

Elongated teaching, advising career recognized by the Spirit of Advising Award

Patty Miller
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — Edmond Memorial High School Family and Consumer Sciences education teacher Marsha Swift was given the Spirit of Advising Award during Monday night’s Edmond School Board meeting.

“Marsha has long been one of our most loved and valued teachers,” said former Memorial principal and now Executive Director of Secondary Education Debbie Bendick. “In fact, at last night’s (Monday’s) Bulldog Alumni Graduate Recognition Dinner, University of Kansas basketball coach and Edmond High graduate Bill Self named Mrs. Swift as his favorite teacher from his time in high school. He described in detail the coat he sewed from scratch as a project in her home economics sewing class. His experience with a teacher who loves each of her students as if they were her own is characteristic of the thousands of students Marsha has taught since 1973.

“As the adviser of FCCLA, Marsha’s work is unparalleled.”

Swift will be starting her 41st year of teaching and her 37th year at Memorial in the fall.

“The award was created in 1998 to recognize chapter advisers who are constantly faithful, often quietly working behind the scenes to ensure the success of their students,” said Leah Buller, membership coordinator for the State FCCLA. “They are advisers whose good humor, flexibility and skill form the foundation of family, career and community leaders of America at the local and state levels.”

Swift was nominated by the Oklahoma State Adviser.

“Being an effective adviser requires special skills in nurturing student leaders as well as a tremendous commitment of time and energy,” Buller said. “We appreciate all you have done to support FCCLA — your efforts have not gone unnoticed.”

Swift was recognized with a group of advisers chosen from across the nation in July during the Adviser Recognition Session at the 2013 National Leadership Conference in Nashville, Tenn.