2017 Recipient

Kristen Chitty, of Columbus Signature Academy Fodrea Campus, received the 2017 Edna V. Folger Outstanding Teacher Award. Kristen was honored as a part of the Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting held at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center on March 1, 2017.

A colleague described Kristen as an irreplaceable asset at Fodrea, someone who touches the lives of students, parents, and peers on a daily basis. She is a relationship builder who collaborates with K-6 classroom teachers, focusing on what is best for ALL students, and does whatever it takes to ensure that every student is successful.

Ms. Chitty develops strategies to address the academic needs of her students who receive special education services. In fact, 95 to 100% of her students pass the state assessments. A parent shared this, “Mrs. Chitty researched and integrated cutting-edge instructional practices designed for individuals with dyslexia and helped our son become a confident reader who is now on the honor roll.” She received the 2013 ARC of Bartholomew County Teacher of the Year Award.

Kristen’s enthusiasm and zeal for learning is contagious. She is a role model to other educators who use her planning methods and instructional approaches to engage their students. She has a knack for explaining difficult concepts in a manner that all students can understand—commonly known as the “Mrs. Chitty method”.

Mrs. Chitty coaches the Math Bowl Team at Fodrea, helps with the boys and girls basketball teams, regularly attends extra-curricular activities, and still has time to teach college courses and volunteer at Love Chapel.

As part of the recognition, Mrs. Chitty received an inscribed clock from the IUPUC Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), a monetary gift from Faurecia Emissions Control Technologies, and her name will be added to a plaque in the Columbus Learning Center listing all previous Folger Award winners.


Folger Award

Edna Folger set the early standard for teachers. In her honor, the award was designed to raise awareness about the immeasurable influence teachers have on their students and to recognize the image of teachers as important community role models. Sponsored by Faurecia, the award includes a stipend, a personal award from the IUPUC Center for Teaching and Learning, and the recipient’s name will be added to a permanent plaque located in the Columbus Learning Center. Any full-time elementary or secondary school teacher working at a public, private, or parochial school in Bartholomew County is eligible to receive the annual award.


Contact the Marsha VanNahmen at the IUPUC Center for Teaching and Learning for complete details, including nomination instructions and due dates.

In general, nominations should include why the nominee has gone above and beyond the expectations of a good teacher based on his or her:

  • Dedication to the profession
  • Ability to motivate students
  • Teaching competency and ability
  • Innovation in curriculum or style of teaching
  • Relationship to students, parents, and peers
  • Example as a community role model
  • Other contributions

Contact, Address and Additional Links


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Columbus, IN 47203

Phone: 812.348.7311

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