By Brandon Boatwright

CLEMSON — Lienne Federico Medford, associate professor of education at Clemson University, has earned Teacher of Honor Status through Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education.

Medford, who also serves as the director of the Master of Arts in Teaching Middle Grades Program at Clemson, achieved this recognition by completing eight of 25 rigorous criteria that include being highly qualified as defined by the U.S. No Child Left Behind Act, participating in ongoing professional development and higher education, serving in leadership roles and publishing articles in education journals.

Among her many accomplishments in the past nine years, Medford’s introduction of the Master of Arts in Teaching program has garnered praise from around the state. Through this program, developed to relieve the shortages of highly qualified middle-level teachers in South Carolina, Medford annually recruits and trains 40 teacher candidates who have come from careers outside of education. In this capacity, she “spends countless hours mentoring and advising students,” said graduate assistant Mary Helen Landmesser.

Her teaching practices earned her the College of Health, Education and Human Development’s Award for Outstanding Graduate Advising and Mentoring and Clemson University’s Faculty Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching.

Medford also has served on various advisory boards and presented workshops at education conferences. Most recently, she served on the Program Review Team for the South Carolina Department of Education and the National Education Association’s Online Professional Development Programs Advisory Committee. In December, Clemson honored Medford by awarding her the Ralph D. Elliot Award for Outstanding Service to Off-Campus, Distance and Continuing Education.

She has had articles published on the topics of entering the teaching profession, preparing for teaching certification and preventing bullying in schools.

Medford has been counselor of Clemson’s chapter of Kappa Delta Pi for five years.

“Great teachers change lives by inspiring students to recognize their gifts and to learn how to use them to pursue a worthy dream,” said Kappa Delta Pi International President Pamela Kramer Ertel. “Lienne Medford is one such teacher.”