2011 March 7 - 12:00 am


  • Claire Hunter of Guilford Technical Community College (N.C.) has been named the nation’s Most Outstanding Teacher in developmental education. The award was presented by the National Association for Developmental Education in Washington. She received $500 and a plaque for outstanding service to developmental education students. This award comes on the heels of Hunter being named the outstanding developmental educator of the year by the North Carolina Association of Developmental Educators . A teacher for 33 years, Hunter started working at GTCC in 1980 as an adjunct instructor. Hunter is a graduate of Ladycliff College and has a master’s degree from New Jersey City University. Most semesters, Hunter teaches four classes in reading, helping students who have difficulty reading at college level. Hunter is former chair of the developmental education department, but gave that position up in 2006 because she preferred being in the classroom.

  • The Foodservice Educators Network International recently named Texas’ San Jacinto College culinary arts instructor Sean Perrodin as its 2011 Educator of the Year. The award recognizes Perrodin’s accomplishments and leadership in the foodservice-educator community, as well as his impact on the field of culinary education. Perrodin serves as lead culinary arts instructor at the SJC North campus, and as the faculty advisor for the campus’ student-operated Culinary Arts Club. Since Perrodin took the position as lead culinary arts instructor three years ago, the graduation rates in the program have more than doubled, enrollment in the program has doubled and a new pastry chef degree plan has been added. Perrodin uses innovative teaching techniques, such as class scavenger hunts, culinary graffiti, culinary excellence dinner challenges, and team building exercises that involve students teaching community members how to cook. Perrodin has 16 years experience working in all types of restaurants. He says his teaching philosophy as a culinary arts instructor is that food preparation is an art form that involves the palate.

  • Andrea Newton, executive dean of academic affairs for career and technical education at Lane Community College (Ore.), has been named recipient of the 2010-11Dean Herman Schneider Award from the Cooperative Education and Internship Association. The award is the highest honorbestowed bythe association. Newton was selected for her significant and comprehensive record of contributions to cooperative educationand internshipsover a sustained period of time. She will be honored at the CEIA spring conference in April in San Antonio, Texas. Newton has worked at Lane for 13 years including 10 years as division chair of cooperative education and the past three years as executive dean of academic affairs. Lane’s cooperative education program is in the topfive in the nation and is the largest among two-year colleges west of the Mississippi. The program serves more than 2,000 students and 800 employers a year.
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