Teacher of the Year Honors Go to CSU Professor

Boyles accepts Teacher of the Year award from NIBEA Representative Ms. Connie CampbellPatrice Boyles, associate professor in the Department of Secondary Education, Professional Studies and Recreation at Chicago State University (CSU) received the North Central Business Education Association (NCBEA) Teacher of the Year Award. on November 14th during the Illinois Business Education Association Annual Conference in Normal, Illinois.
Boyles has been a CSU faculty member since 2000. Previously she taught at South Suburban Community College. She earned her bachelor of science in education at CSU (year), her master’s in Business Administration at Chicago State  (1993) and her Ph.D. at Northern Illinois University (2008).
Boyles and her husband, Everett and two daughters, Jenine and Jasmine, reside in Olympia Fields.
“I am honored to receive this award. I know that my success as a teacher is partially due to the peer and department chair assessment process developed by our department,” Boyles said. “Each of us is evaluated annually by two peers and the department chair to identify our strengths and to address any weaknesses. That is a sure way to improve.”
Dr. Mensah Kutame, Boyles’s department chairman, said of Boyles: “I am hardly surprised by this award. Patrice creates learning environments that are efficient, effective, and inclusive. She is an active teacher with learning students who are cooperative, enthusiastic, responsible and engaged.  She applies “best practice” blending technology into teaching. She exemplifies the quality of an outstanding, dedicated teacher, who possesses personal integrity and thoughtful communicative style.”

The North Central Business Education Association (NCBEA) is an affiliate of the National Business Education Association (NBEA), the nation's largest professional organization devoted exclusively to serving individuals and groups engaged in instruction, administration, research, and dissemination of information for and about business. The NCBEA region includes the states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin; and the Canadian provinces adjacent to the North Central Region.