Book by Milligan professor earns Learning® magazine Teachers’ Choice Award

MILLIGAN COLLEGE, Tenn. (Dec. 17, 2010) — “Mighty Fine Motor Fun,” the latest book by Dr. Christy Isbell, associate professor of occupational therapy at Milligan College, won a Learning® magazine Teachers’ Choice Award for the Classroom.

A pediatric occupational therapist, Isbell has many years of experience working closely with teachers and young children. She also has a Ph.D. in child development. “Mighty Fun Motor Fun” draws on her clinical and classroom expertise, offering practical, real-world knowledge for teachers.

For 17 years, the Learning® magazine Teachers’ Choice Awards have heralded the very best in classroom-tested, teacher-recommended products. Each year a nationwide panel of teacher-judges names the standouts in books, classroom supplies, educational games, software, Web sites and more.

“It is an honor to be recognized for my work, but this award is very gratifying because it comes directly from teachers, which is the audience this book is intended to help and inspire,” Isbell said.

Each product judged for the Teachers’ Choice Award is evaluated on the characteristics most important to teachers — quality, instructional value, ease of use, innovation, relevance to curriculum — and whether the jury of teachers would recommend it to other teachers.

Published by Gryphon House Inc., “Mighty Fine Motor Fun” provides teachers of children ages 3 to 5 with the tools and information they need to make developing fine motor skills easy and fun. The activities she provides in the book are perfect for both large and small groups and are easy to integrate into any curriculum.
This is not Isbell’s first award-winning book. Last year, she was awarded the Early Childhood News Director’s Choice Award for her book, “Sensory Integration: A Guide for Preschool Teachers.” She co-wrote the book with her mother, Dr. Rebecca Isbell, director of the Center of Excellence in Early Childhood Learning and Development at East Tennessee State University.

“Sensory Integration” was also the best-selling book of 2009 for Gryphon House, the nation’s top publisher of early childhood resources. The book helps teachers identify children who have difficulties with sensory processing, and it offers simple, easy-to-use solutions to support the sensory needs of young children in the preschool classroom.

“Dr. Isbell has the expertise and the heart for pediatric occupational therapy,” said Dr. Jeff Snodgrass, director of Milligan’s occupational therapy program. “We are proud to have a scholar and practitioner of her caliber at Milligan and we are pleased that her work has received national recognition once again.”

Occupational therapy is a growing field and listed as one of the top 50 jobs of 2011, according to a recent report in U.S. News and World Report. To learn more about the master of science in occupational therapy program at Milligan, visit


Posted by on December 17, 2010.