September Porter Graham Award Winner – Michelle Kendrick

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The Professional Staff Council would like to congratulate the September Porter Graham Staff Excellence Award recipient: Michelle Kendrick!

A large group photo celebrating Michelle Kendrick's Porter Graham Award.

Nominator Tad Brinkerhoff

Michelle is currently managing our SEED grant which is a very big, 5 year undertaking. She helped write the grant which was also a job that required many hours outside the normal working day. She is someone who is passionate about making education better and works tirelessly to make that happen. She is always looking for ways to improve our processes. She wants to improve her skills and recently attended a conference in NY to expand her understanding of our core content area. She leads a team of high performers and sets the standards high for performance and quality of work. Michelle is a core part of the eMINTS success story and we wouldn’t have the grants we have without her vision, hard work and growth mind set. 

Dean Chval reading nominations for Michelle Kendrick's Porter Graham Award.

Nominator Christine Terry

Michelle exhibits unflagging commitment to the outreach mission of the COE. Michelle is passionate about helping high need schools in the state of Missouri and beyond. She has worked tirelessly to help eMINTS secure funding that serves the needs of Missouri schools including the eMINTS EIR, SEED, and PALS grants. She extends her dedication to improving education in the state of Missouri into her personal life as well. She has served as a school board member, organizes butterfly conservation events, and created a summer lunch program for school-age children in her home town of Monore City. I am proud to have Michelle representing eMINTS and the college of education to the citizens of our state. 

Michelle Kendrick was surprised with the Porter Graham Award.

Nominator Larry Nossaman

Michelle Kendrick has been an ideal professional colleague during the eMINTS National Center’s attempts to receive grant funding for the center’s educational activities. She begins the process early, makes appropriate adjustments as needed, and is kind, cheerful and patient when the grants submission hits a few rough spots. She is creative and yet attentive to detail with the proposal documents. She is also thoughtful and considerate of others who are working on other proposal components. It’s been a joy to work with Michelle.

Nominator Christi Bergin

Michelle is one of the top grant-recipients in our college — having co-authored millions of dollars in grants. Writing grants requires many skills (e.g., writing well, organization, coordinating many moving parts simultaneously, establishing trusting relationships with schools). Michelle has all these skills, but she particularly has a talent for understanding what RFPs are “really” asking for and responding “spot on.” She has an amazing work ethic. No matter how late it is, and how many days we are writing at full-steam toward a too-close deadline, she keeps at it and does so with cheerful good-will. She always comes through on time with a smile. She is a great collaborator. She is one of those rare people who makes her whole team more successful and happy to be her colleague. 


Established by former Interim Dean Rose Porter, the Porter Graham Staff Excellence Award celebrates the dedication, resolve, leadership, and overall excellence of individuals making significant contributions to the MU College of Education. Rose Porter has always been a strong advocate for staff, noting that “they keep the place running.” Jill Williams-Graham (M ED 1990) and her husband Dr. Steven Graham, Sr. Associate Vice-President, UM System, joined Dr. Rose Porter and her husband Dr. Michael Porter, recognizing the immense impacts staff have in the running of the college. 


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