Representatives from the academic schools select four candidates who have contributed to the success of the graduating class, and the recipient is chosen by a ballot vote. The recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award is the lead Marshal who carries the mace at Commencement and acts as Master of Ceremony. The recipient also is the speaker at the Baccalaureate Service.
Dr. Luke Reynolds was a public school English teacher at the middle and secondary levels for many years before coming to Endicott College to join the faculty in the Education Department. His passion is to link literature and life, to join theory and practice, and to connect contemplation to action. He received his MA in Creative Writing from Northern Arizona University and earned his Ph.D. in Education from Boston College. Among his books for children, adolescents, and teachers are: A Call to Creativity: Writing, Reading, and Inspiring Students in an Age of Standardization; Surviving Middle School; Fantastic Failures: True Stories of People Who Changed the World by Falling Down First; If My Love Were a Fire Truck: A Daddy’s Love Song; The Gumazing Gum Girl series; Bedtime Blastoff; and The Looney Experiment. Luke and his wife, Jennifer, are the parents of three young boys: Tyler, Benjamin, and Joshua. A core principle by which Luke aims to live his life is from Philo: “Be kind, for everyone you meet is engaged in a battle.”