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The Associated Colleges of Illinois (ACI) selected Kathy Nimmer '91, an English teacher at Harrison High School in West Lafayette, Indiana, as one of its six Shining Examples of Liberal Arts for Leadership award winners. The award recognizes individuals who have enjoyed outstanding careers in education while transforming the lives of their students.

"I was very surprised when I heard I won because I didn't know that I had been nominated," said Nimmer, whose name was submitted by Trinity Provost Liz Rudenga. "It's gratifying to receive recognition for my teaching. Sometimes teachers can focus so much on teaching, we forget that other people are watching us."

Nimmer teaches English and creative writing to freshmen and sophomores. After graduating from Trinity, she earned a master's degree in English at Purdue University in 1992. She has taught at Harrison since then.

"I love connecting with my students one on one," she said. "Establishing and sustaining those relationships as I teach them is the greatest joy I get from my job."

ACI accepted 60 nominations for the Shining Examples from its 24 member institutions throughout the state. Nimmer will accept her award at the ACI's annual meeting on March 26 at the Union League Club of Chicago.

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