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Celebrating Excellence 2020-2021

Celebrating Excellence Event 2020-2021

Each year the Idaho State University College of Education hosts a Celebrating Excellence event at which deserving faculty, staff, alumni, and advancement partners of the College are recognized for their significant accomplishments and commitment to excellence in education.

Join us virtually for our annual Celebrating Excellence event on Thursday, April 1 from at 6 p.m.




Congratulations to our 2020 Celebrating Excellence Award Recipients 

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Mr. Dustin Enslinger

Bengal Partner Award

Head Athletic Trainer, Idaho State University

Dustin Enslinger was hired as Head Athletic Trainer in June 2019. He supervises four assistant athletic trainers, one intern athletic trainer and is a preceptor in the Master’s of Science Athletic Training program.

Prior to coming to ISU, he spent two years as Head Football Athletic Trainer at Southern Utah University. He was the Head Athletic Trainer at Emporia State University from 2013-2017. While there, he was in charge of the Sports Medicine department. Prior to ESU, Dustin spent three years as an Assistant Athletic Trainer at the University of Wyoming working with the Men’s Basketball team. Enslinger began his career as an Athletic Trainer working for five years at fellow Big Sky conference school, Montana State, covering Men’s and Women’s Basketball.

Enslinger earned his Master’s degree in Exercise Science from Utah State University in 2005 and his Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology with an Emphasis in Athletic Training from Kansas State University in 2003.

Dustin is married to Heather and they have five children: Jack, Zander, Katelynn, Maxxim, and Delaney.


Mr. Dan Armstrong

Distinguished Leader Award

K-12 Solutions Consultant, Adobe Products

Dan Armstrong is a solutions consultant for Adobe Systems supporting the United States and Canada in both Higher Education and K-12. Dan’s career in education started as a student when he served as the National President for Business Professionals of America. He then spent a 11 years as a CTE Teacher and holds two Master’s degrees in education. During this time he was awarded Certiport Teacher of the year, CTE Teacher of the year, and an Adobe impact award as part of his service in the Adobe Education Leader program where he spent a decade helping train schools around the country. Dan designed and built two computer labs with full large format print workshops to help students bring designs from the computer screen into reality. In addition he was the originator and developer of the Create Idaho program that provides Creative Cloud tools and certification to thousands of students throughout Idaho. When Dan left the classroom his students told him “If you can do for other students what you have done for us, then you have to go.” Dan works hard everyday to honor his students at Ridgevue High School that let him go to help other students.


Dr. Esther Ntuli

Dr. Esther Ntuli

Faculty Excellence Award

Department Chair and Associate Professor, Teaching and Educational Studies, Idaho State University

Esther Ntuli is an associate professor and chair of the Teaching and Educational Studies Department and has worked at ISU since August 2011. She earned her doctoral degree at Illinois State University in 2010. Dr. Ntuli has teaching experience in Africa and the U.S. that provides her a global perspective in teaching and research. Her research interests focus on technology use and practice in the classroom, teacher education, assessment, and culturally responsive education. 

She published five scholarly books on teaching with technology and several peer-reviewed papers in journals and handbooks. Currently, she is working on the Handbook of Research on Inequities in Online Education During Global Crises.

Mr. Garret Wood

Outstanding Early Career Alumnus Award

Certified Athletic Trainer, Portneuf Sports Medicine Services

Garret Wood graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Science from Idaho State University in 2016. While attending ISU he competed on the Track and Field team. After earning a Bachelors Garret stayed at ISU and obtained a Masters of Athletic Training. 

Since graduating in 2016 Garret continues to work for 

  • Portneuf Medical Center, Sports Medicine Department
  • Teaching Health Occupations at Grace Lutheran High School
  • Instructing Care and Prevention of Athletic Injury at ISU
  • Instructing Clinical Practicum in Athletic Training at ISU

Garret has also grown his professional resume by

  • Attending over 11 professional conferences such as the North West Athletic Trainers Association annual meeting and the Big Sky Sports Medicine Summit.
  • Presenting 4 times at professional conferences with presentations such as, “Therapeutic Cupping” and “Hamstring Injury and Rehabilitation.”
  • Publishing once in the Idaho JOPHERD journal with the publication “Inversion Ankle Sprains.”

Garret continues to live in East Idaho with his wife and two kids where he is blessed to serve the community that he loves. 


Stephanie Moore

Ms. Stephanie Moore

Outstanding Educator Award

Mathematics Teacher, Irving Middle School, Pocatello/Chubbuck #25 School District

Stephanie McKee Moore believes that every student has the ability to learn math and that the  adults in their lives just need to encourage them to unlock and reach for their potential. She is in her 6th year of teaching middle school mathematics in Pocatello/Chubbuck School District 25. She earned a B.S. in Elementary Education and a MEd. in Elementary Education Mathematics Coaching, both from Idaho State University. Stephanie is part of a team of four Pocatello educators actively researching a project relating to supporting students’ reasoning in middle school mathematics. This led the team to a national presentation at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, many local workshops, and, more recently, the facilitation of a global webinar focused on strengthening students’ reasoning skills. Stephanie is a proud mother of two and works daily to instill a positive work ethic and sense of humor in her children. If you ask her kids or any of her past or present students they will tell you that Mrs. Moore is “kind of a big deal!” 

Mr. Gabriel Rodriguez

Staff Excellence Award

Albion Coordinator, Idaho State University

Gabriel was born and raised in Pocatello, ID. He is an alum of Pocatello High School, Idaho State University, and University of Wisconsin-Milaukee earning a bachelor's degree in political science and a master's degree in higher education. He is currently in his seventh year working at ISU. Gabriel is married to Corinne and together they have two daughters, Charlotte and Selah. In his time off, he loves to spend time with his family here in Pocatello and Lewiston, go on walks, hike, and play tennis.

Dr. Rachel Hulse

Peter C. Kole - William H. McGuffey Prize

Program Director and Assistant Professor in the Medical Laboratory Science Program, Idaho State University

Rachel Hulse has been the Program Director of the Medical Laboratory Sciences Program at Idaho State University for 6 years. Rachel worked in the healthcare setting for over a decade as she earned two additional graduate degrees. Rachel was thrilled to be able to complete her EdD degree here at ISU while working full time. In her free-time Rachel njoys spending time with her husband and kids, swimming, traveling ,and reading. Rachel has really enjoyed her role in academics and is excited to continue pursuing interdisciplinary research.