At the December 2013 College of Education Convocation, Priscilla Hill Gregels was presented with the Outstanding Alumni Educator Award from the COE Alumni Association.
Priscilla Hill Gregels realized education was her life vocation in 8th grade as she volunteered in a special needs classroom. Following her passion to meet student needs and develop methods to reach all students, Hill Gregels earned both her bachelor’s degree and M.Ed from the College of Education. She is certified in grades K-8 (all subjects) and K-12 in Cognitively Impaired, Emotionally Impaired and/or Learning Disabled. Hill Gregels began teaching in Coopersville Area Public Schools in 1975, growing into an exceptionally effective teacher. In the 90s, Hill Gregels transitioned to teaching at GVSU. Initially, she taught undergraduate teacher education courses before becoming an Elementary Field Coordinator for the COE.
Some have said they are awestruck by how much passion Hill Gregels has and the love she shares with her students. Since retiring from her Field Coordinator position in 2011, Hill Gregels continues to serve as a life-long mentor to many of her former students. She empowers many of her students to return to general education and describes her former student teachers as her 300+ "best friends."