2011 June 13 - 12:00 am


  • Doug Toles, assistant professor at Clark State Community College (Ohio), was named Educator of the Year by the Dayton Chapter of the American Advertising Federation. Toles is the coordinator of the graphic design, art and photography programs at Clark State. He is also the lead instructor for the graphic design program, which includes technical courses in design, art and photography. Toles has been with Clark State since 2000. He holds a bachelor’s of fine arts and master’s of arts degrees from Miami University.

  • Phillip Tucker began his career with the Emergency Medical Services program at Georgia Northwestern Technical College in 1996. Today, the college has four emergency medical technician courses and one paramedic course, with the possibility of future expansion. Tucker currently serves as the program director for EMS Technology and has been in this position for more than two years. In January 2013, the national registry of EMT’s will implement mandated changes requiring the program director to have a bachelor’s degree and to be a level three instructor. Tucker knew this meant he needed to further his education to meet the requirements. On April 30, Tucker obtained his bachelor’s degree and graduated summa cum laude. Tucker has 28 years of EMS experience and has served in various capacities from field training officer, shift supervisor, assistant director, and director of a local EMS service in Rome, Ga. He also received the Region One Instructor of the Year Award.

  • Betsy Picciano of Central Lakes College is one of four college instructors in Minnesota to receive the highest academic honor, the Educator of the Year Award, from the Board of Trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. The four honorees were selected from among 33 educators finalists for the award. Picciano is an instructor of reading and college and career studies at CLC. Reviewers said that her enthusiasm for educating students jumps off the pages of her portfolio. Picciano’s use of technology was cited as helping students prepare carefully and realistically for getting a job. She helps students understand their own strengths and her use of a contract teaches students the meaning of commitment and responsibility.
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