Mr. Ryan Sellers, chair of the Classical and Modern Languages Department, received the 2020 Distinguished Teaching Award at a virtual faculty meeting earlier this year.
An instructor in Latin, Sellers has been instrumental in the success of the school’s Latin program, which claimed its 12th straight Tennessee Junior Classical League Championship in 2019. An enthusiastic crusader for the study of the language, he is widely respected for his efforts to continually improve the Latin program at the school and in the wider community.
The Distinguished Teaching Award endowment fund was established in 1990 through a generous bequest by John Murry Springfield. Springfield joined the Memphis University School faculty in 1958 and served as an instructor in English and mathematics until 1971. From 1971 until his death in August 1989, Springfield served as principal of the Hull Lower School. The monetary award is given annually to an MUS faculty member who demonstrates excellence in both the classroom and extracurricular activities.