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Robert Ambrose (l) and his nominator Emily Ahern '14

Arlene Olear (r) and her nominator Iqra Baig '14

Joseph Maichyre (r) and his nominator Kara Gawelek '14

About James Thomas '59 
A BW trustee since 2002, James Thomas has been instrumental in the development of the University.

  • Thomas and his wife made a $5 million matching gift challenge for BW's Transforming Lives campaign.

  • The Thomas Family Center for Science and Innovation is named in their honor.

  • Thomas delivered the the 1999 Commencement address and received an honorary doctorate.

  • He received the 1998 BW Alumni Merit Award.

  • Thomas was inducted into the OFIC Hall of Excellence in 2014 

2014 BW Graduates Recognize Superb High School Teachers with Thomas Award

Four high school teachers who have engaged, inspired and encouraged BW students while preparing them for college are being honored with the James Thomas High School Teacher Award.

The award is funded by BW alumnus and trustee, James Thomas, chairman and CEO of Thomas Properties Group LLC, who lives in Los Angeles with his wife Sally.

BW graduating seniors nominate the teachers, reflecting back to acknowledge stand-out high school educators who helped them along the path to college commencement day. Each of the winning teachers receives a $1,000 cash award with an additional $1,000 cash award going to the school in the teacher's name.

The 2014 Thomas Award winners are:

Mr. Robert Ambrose

Bloomfield Hills High School
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
Nominated by Emily Ahern '14:
“One of Mr. Ambrose’s unique traits is his ability to connect to all of his students, regardless of their skill level. He engages all band students and encourages them to always do their personal best. He instills a sense of urgency and responsibility to the band and to each other as individuals.”

Mr. Joseph Maichyre

Brunswick High School
Brunswick, Ohio
Nominated by Kara Gawelek '14:
“Whereas most teachers were concerned with standardized test scores, Mr. Maichyre focused instead on helping students reach the level of achievement they desired, even if it was above the class standards. He was willing to answer any question about the subject, and always took any opportunity to demonstrate how the material applied to the real world.”

Mrs. Mary Lou Muckleroy

Stow-Munroe Falls High School
Stow, Ohio
Nominated by Chad Pittman '14:
“She is a master teacher, carefully planning student-centered learning and challenging students to their fullest potential… Mary Lou Muckleroy changed my life and gave it meaning, purpose, happiness and fullness.”

Ms. Arlene Olear

Lakewood High School
Lakewood, Ohio
Nominated by Iqra Baig '14:
“Ms. Olear made art come to life, as the cliché goes, she made art fun… She taught me to interpret what I see, hear and do in a way that no letter in the alphabet, no word in the dictionary and no language in the world can describe.”

Posted April 2014

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