Two educators from Xavier University here in Cincinnati are the newest recipients of the American Sign Museum’s Extra Mile Service Award. Sean Rhiney, JD, Director, The Eigel Center for Community-Engaged Learning, and Teresa Young, Ed.D, Associate Professor and Chair of Childhood Education and Literacy College of Social Sciences, Health and Education, were honored for their significant contributions to the museum’s Education Program.
Sean’s commitment to community partnership helped create an innovative educational program that will bring dozens of school groups to the museum each year. He assembled a team of Xavier students, led by Teresa Young, who explored the museum’s unique collection and uncovered opportunities to use them to illustrate Core Curriculum objectives. Under Young’s direction, the Xavier students developed a collection of 30 lesson plans that will allow elementary school teachers to use the museum to reinforce classroom lessons.
The Extra Mile Service Award is given to those who have made a remarkable impact on the museum and its mission to educate the community about the history of signage.
“This is our way of thanking Sean and Teresa for their tireless efforts this year,” said Tod Swormstedt, founder of the American Sign Museum. “Their work is enabling us to bring a next-level educational opportunity to students in our community. The new Education Program will allow students of all ages to experience the museum in new and meaningful ways.”