Dr. Patricia L. “Trish” Lindberg, associate professor of education, received the Plymouth State College’s 2003 Distinguished Teacher Award at the faculty meeting on Wednesday, May 7.
Carolyn Geremia ’01, one of Lindberg’s nominators for the award, said, “Dr. Lindberg shows an enthusiasm unmatched by any other professor in my four years here. She is always passionate about her work and all children. She has given her students an incredible opportunity to excel. She is always positive and yet she holds her students to high standards which they are more than willing to meet. Her teaching style is extremely stimulating. She challenges her students to be creative while also maintaining an appropriate teaching environment.”
Lindberg holds a Ph.D. in educational theatre from New York University. At Plymouth State, she has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in elementary curriculum and instruction, integrated arts, puppetry, educational theatre and multi-disciplinary arts experiences for children. She has also served as a theatre consultant for several elementary schools in New Hampshire. Lindberg received the 1999 Governor’s Arts and Education Award from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts.
As artistic director of the Kearsarge Arts Theatre for Children (KAT), PSC’s Educational Theatre Collaborative (ETC), and the new TIGER (Theatre Integrating Guidance Education) program that brings theatre to the schools to address social issues, Lindberg has been widely recognized for her original theatre productions by and for children and young adults.
The Distinguished Teaching Award citation begins “You are so honored because you believe in your students, engage them in thinking and help them link theory to practice. … You share your excitement and passion about the arts … You motivate them to try new ways of teaching, maximizing [their] multiple talents and skills.”
Lindberg is eager to point out that much of her work is collaborative. “It is an honor to work in such a vital academic community, so alive with imaginative possibilities, ideas and vision,” she said. “So much of what I have been able to be a part of creating at Plymouth State has come to pass because of the wonderful support I have received from my friends, colleagues and family. As Justina, a young actor from Lithuania at KAT last summer, so aptly put it, ‘We are all angels with one wing. If we wish to fly, we must hold each other up.’”