Alamance Community College has announced its 2018 recipients for Faculty Member, Adjunct Instructor, Workforce Development Instructor and Staff Member of the Year.
The full-time teaching honoree serves as ACC’s nominee for the state’s Excellence in Teaching Award and the Alamance County area Gold Star awards later this year. All honorees will be recognized at this spring’s Celebrating Excellence banquet sponsored by the ACC Foundation.
Courtney Doi, English Department
Employed fulltime in ACC’s English department since 2009, Doi has become an active instructor and leader as she consistently seeks ways to make her classes more effective. She has taught English and creative writing on the ACC campus, but also teaches high school students at the public schools’ Career and Technical Education Center (CTEC). Doi’s work as Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) coordinator has built a strong learning community focused on better writing across divisions. She spearheaded the partnership between UNC-G and ACC to create the Piedmont Voices National Writing Project site, which provides professional development on writing to teachers from kindergarten to college and summer writing camps for local children.
Jody Bussell, Computer-Aided Mechanical Drafting
An adjunct instructor in Computer-Aided Mechanical Drafting since 2017, Bussell splits his time between teaching drafting at Cummings High School by day for the Career and College Promise initiative, and on the ACC campus by night. To supplement instruction, Bussell uses the Solid Professor website where his students can view videos and work through related guided exercises. He consistently earns software certifications in his effort to keep updated on new instructional methods. Bussell has degrees in Engineering Technology and Computer Aided Drafting and Design.
Shekitha Rogers, Financial Aid Specialist
An ACC graduate, Rogers works in the College’s Financial Aid Office where she is tasked with outreach and career readiness, as well as the work study program. On a weekly basis, she provides financial aid information and assistance to students at ACC’s Dillingham Center and Literacy Building, Alamance-Burlington Schools workshops for parents and students, the Women’s Resource Center, and Graham Housing Authority. Rogers creates the content for an online “Money Matters” course, and coordinates video projects to help students understand financial aid. “Financial Aid represents a bridge of hope that many students need to better themselves and create a life that otherwise would not be possible,” she says.
Beth Snow, Academic and Career Readiness
Snow has worked at ACC in Academic and Career Readiness for nine years. Currently teaching GED and literacy classes at Alamance County’s May Memorial Public Library, she also serves as a Literacy Resource specialist through a United Way grant. Snow regularly helps with student recruiting at The Salvation Army, Burlington Housing Authority, and Goodwill Industries. Snow says she has great compassion for adults looking to build their literacy skills and improve their life.
Business (FT): Lakeisha Vance, Dept. Head of Computer Information Technology
Health and Public Services (FT): Joy Bunn, Early Childhood
Industrial Technologies (FT): Bently Pagura, Air Conditioning/Heating/Refrigeration
Adjunct/Arts and Sciences (PT): Dr. Rodney Parks, Sociology