Teacher in Fort Pierce gets national award

Published: February 25, 2008 | 6923rd good news item since 2003

Indian River Community College adult education teacher Ed Musgrove thought he was going to hear about budget cuts when he and his adult education colleagues were called to a 9 a.m. meeting Friday. Instead, he learned he is getting a national adult education teaching award.

The room was quiet when IRCC President Ed Massey walked in. Massey then said he was there because of Musgrove.

“What did I do?” Musgrove asked from the front row.

It turns out Musgrove is getting the Edward M. Easley Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award from the Commission on Adult Basic Education at the commission’s national conference in St. Louis in April. He will get a plaque and $1,000 with the award.

“What a surprise,” Musgrove said.

He said afterward he didn’t know he had even been nominated for the award.

Musgrove, of Fort Pierce, has been teaching English as a Second Language classes at IRCC since 1992. He also developed a curriculum so his students could get take certified nursing assistant classes while learning English.

He said he enjoys his job and his students.

“I think the important thing is being able to see our second-language students develop the skills to help them be successful in the U.S.,” Musgrove said.

Musgrove credited his success to his colleagues.

“You’ve all been supportive and helpful. I do appreciate it,” he said.

Massey thanked Musgrove for his hard work.

“You don’t work for the recognition. (But) it’s great to get it,” he told Musgrove.

Suzanne Ensmann, director of adult education for IRCC, said Musgrove was selected because of his accomplishments at the college.

“The students come back and say they love him,” she said.

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