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BSSW Field Instructors of the Year

Three BSSW Field Instructors received awards for their outstanding work and service to field students.

The BSSW campus Field Instructor of the Year is Amie Leonard with Knox Co Schools.  Her student Autumn Vaught BSSW, holding the nomination letter she submitted, is pictured, along with Bridgette Wolfenbarger, MSSW who also worked with Amie.  

From Vaught’s nomination: “Amie has taught me a lot about grace, patience, and how to be professional even in undesirable situations. Amie is kind, hardworking, empathetic, and overall, an absolutely incredible person. She shows up to work every single day giving her all to the community and the clients that she serves, and I genuinely look up to her and strive to be more like her every day.”

The BSSW Campus Rising Star Award in Field Education is Sierra Stewart with Peninsula Outpatient Clinic.  This award goes to an instructor who is new to field instruction and who truly embraced the role and went above and beyond in teaching students social work practice. Her student, Chaylan Ballard nominated her. here are some words from her nomination:

From Ballard’s nomination: “Sierra Stewart is by far one of the most impactful people that I have met during my time here at UT. Through many phases of life, many of which were filled with seemingly impossible obstacles to overcome, Sierra taught me how to handle them with grace and beauty.”

The BSSW Campus Rising Star Award in Field Education is Emily Williams with Boys & Girls Club of Dumplin Valley.  Her student, Amanda Devine nominated her.

From Devine’s nomination:Emily devotes hours of her week to ensure that each social work intern has the attention and opportunity to engage in limitless learning experiences. Emily wants to build a relationship with students to get to know them and their desires so she can provide them with the best learning experiences.”