Harris-Stowe State University is proud to announce that Dr. Betty Porter Walls, Assistant Professor in the College of Education at Harris-Stowe has been named Educator of the Year. A native of St. Louis, Walls is a career educator – professor, administrator and teacher. She has successful experience at all levels of education: elementary, secondary, undergraduate and graduate.
As a graduate of Harris-Stowe, Dr. Walls was also named a Distinguished Alumna this year. Dr. Walls holds graduate degrees from Webster University and Saint Louis University.
In her previous position, she was assistant professor in the Division of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis (ELPA) within the Department of Education at the University of Missouri – Columbia, after years as a public school administrator and teacher. Her teaching and research specializations are in the areas of literacy, diversity and social justice, leadership development - particularly for urban schools, curriculum and instruction, organizational management and group dynamics.
“I believe that education is a civil right and that every student must have qualified classroom teachers and school administrators to achieve at the highest levels possible,” Dr. Walls said.
Dr. Walls is a noted consultant and professional development presenter for schools and educational organizations including the National Network for Educational Renewal (NNER), Missouri’s Early Learning and Write to Learn Conferences, International Literacy/Reading Association, University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA), International Education Consortium and National Alliance of Black School Educators (NABSE).
Dr. Walls is a recipient of several honors and awards including “Outstanding Literacy Instructor,” by the Missouri State Council of the International Reading Association, “High Flyer Award,” from University of Missouri – Columbia, “People Making a World of Difference” from the B’Nai B’rith, “Salute to Excellence in Education Award” from the St. Louis American newspaper and MoSTAR (Star Educator) from Missourians for Students at Risk.
Dr. Walls is a member and campus counselor of Kappa Delta Pi Honorary Educational Society. As a board member of the state and local councils of the International Literacy/Reading Association. Dr. Walls served as the local arrangements chairperson for the 2015 convention in St. Louis. She is also a member of the Metropolitan St. Louis Alliance of Black School Educators (MSLABSE).
Dr. Walls’ volunteer activities include working with Community Women against Hardship (CWAH) and she is a member of the public service sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.