Members of Harding’s men’s and women’s basketball team have been challenged during halftime of each home game to honor a “Hero Teacher” that inspires them and make them feel valued inside and outside the classroom.
Junior guard Peyton Padgett chose instructor of communication science and disorders Amy Baker as her hero teacher. Padgett is a communication science and disorders major, and said Baker has been an encouragement to her during her time at Harding.
“Mrs. Baker is constantly checking up on the season and supporting me in all my endeavors outside of the classroom, To me she reflects Christ love daily, and teaching is just one avenue she uses to do so,” Padgett said.
Junior forward Adam Horn chose assistant professor of Bible and religion Mac Sandlin as his hero teacher. Horn said he appreciates professors on campus because they challenge you in your walk with God.
“[Sandlin] helped push me out of my comfort zone,” Horn said. “His class is the most engaging class I’ve had at Harding.”
Assistant professor of business, David Kee was chosen as a hero teacher by freshman Layne Pace, a student assistant for the women’s basketball team. Pace said Kee inspired her to pursue a career in business. Kee said attending events that students are involved in is important in building relationships with them.
“I work hard to try and get to know all my students,” Kee said. “Having an open-door office policy and being accessible is vital to building meaningful relationships with students.”
The hero teacher idea came from both basketball teams wanting to find a way to thank the teachers at Harding that have made an impact on their lives. Both teams have plans to honor hero teachers at halftime through the rest of the season.