April 29, 2014

BY TERI CAMPBELL
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE - Dr. Jason Tanner’s work in the classroom and contributions to his profession have not gone unnoticed.  The professor of business at John A. Logan College was recently named the Southern Illinois Business Education Association’s (SIBEA) Teacher of the Year.  The award annually recognizes outstanding business teachers in the southern Illinois region.

Tanner, a resident of Marion, received the award at the SIBEA’s spring meeting. 

“I was very surprised and honored when I got the award,” Tanner said.  “There have been many other teachers in this area who have won this award, and they have contributed greatly to the profession.  It was truly gratifying to receive the award following those other individuals.” 

Ethel Holloday of Du Quoin, executive director for the Illinois Business Education Association, nominated Tanner for the award. 

“I’ve known Jason since he was a student at SIU and that was quite a few years ago,” Holloday said.  “I’ve always been impressed with his dedication to the profession and his leadership capabilities.  I’ve watched him grow and blossom in his career.  I’ve actually even taken classes from him, and I learned so much.  I couldn’t think of a better candidate for this award.”

Melanie Pecord, chair of the Business Education Department at JALC, was pleased Tanner received the honor.

“I have worked with Dr. Tanner for six years in many different capacities, and he is a very professional, thoughtful, compassionate and dedicated individual,” Pecord said.  “This award is well deserved.”

Tanner has taught at JALC since 2006.  He teaches Introduction to Business, Computer Applications, Business Statistics, Integrated Accounting on Computers, Payroll Accounting, and Tax Accounting. 

He has been active in professional organizations as well.  In the past, he served as the president and vice president of the SIBEA.  He is currently the first vice president of the Illinois Business Education Association and will become the president of that association in the fall.

Tanner said he enjoys working with both associations.

“I get to meet people from around the state and hear what other people are doing and get some new ideas for the classroom,” he said.  “It’s been a good experience and allows for a lot of professional networking and development that I wouldn’t get just inside the classroom.”