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Several EGCC professors honored with excellence awards

HONORED — Among those honored with teacher of excellence awards at Eastern Gateway Community College were, from left, Darrel Lawrence, Karen Spindler and Ken Knox. Joining in the celebration was Jimmie Bruce, EGCC president.

STEUBENVILLE — Five professors at Eastern Gateway Community College have received NISOD Teacher of Excellence Awards for 2018-2019.

Honored during a luncheon at EGCC were Darrel Lawrence, Karen Spindler, Ken Knox, James Senary and Lisa Walsh.

The award-winning instructors were nominated by faculty, staff or students at EGCC. Their profiles include:

¯ Lawrence, whose commitment to student success is demonstrted through individual meetings with each of his Engineerinf 101 students to ensure that their final paper is completed appropriately. His nomination form described him as an active and empathic listener who is patient, polite and understanding. Lawrence was nominated by John Romanek of the EGCC faculty.

¯ Spindler goes above and beyond her job as instructor of business management and adviser of the EGCC chapter of the national honorary fraternity Phi Theta Kappa. Her nomination form said she juggles family life and three daughters; Phi Theta Kappa, which has 614 members; and her faculty position at Eastern Gateway. She was nominated by Melissa Garrett, an EGCC student.

¯ Knox constantly encourages his students to achieve the highest level of education they can, and through his own story lets it be known that it’s never too late to go further in seeking education beyond the community college level, his nomination information said. Knox is able to share an array of life experiences with his students, is willing to go out of his way to help students in any way he can and councils and mentors students who are no longer at EGCC. Knox was nominated by Jason Kovach, an EGCC student.

¯ Senary’s knowledge of financial accounting, along with his ability to make the learning understandable and memorable, gives students the self-confidence they need to succeed in his class, his nomination said. Student know that if they have a question or a dilemma, they can reach him on his cell phone. He was nominated by Koroshi Gonzalez, Joni Izuma-Nakamoto, Karen Mohler and Simeon Kim, EGCC students.

¯ Walsh spreads her passion for English to her students in an inviting way, it was explained in her nomination. She takes time to make comments when grading assignments, letting students know what they have done well, and what areas need improvement. She was nominated by Michelle Dearman, Piccola Hill and Sandra Emory, EGCC students.

NISOD provides budget-friendly, high quality and faculty focused programs and resources for community and technical colleges that want to make the most of their professional development dollars. The American Association of Community Colleges has named NISOD, “The country’s leading provider of professional development for community college faculty, staff and administrators.”

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