By CCWeek Staff  /  
2017 January 24 - 03:28 pm

Honors & Awards

Lisa Gibert, president and CEO of Clark College Foundation (Wash.), received a Distinguished Service Award for her leadership and advocacy for community colleges. Gibert is being recognized by her peers for her outstanding service in 2016. The accolade is given by Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District VIII. “Lisa has made a significant contribution to CASE through her leadership, advocacy and commitment to enhance the engagement with and relevance of CASE to community colleges in our District,” said Mark Koenig, chair, CASE District VIII board. “Lisa has been very, very active with our community college activities. She currently serves on the Center for Community College Advisory Group and was a member of the Conference for Community College Advancement planning committee. Also, she is a member of the CASE Commission on Philanthropy and was a very active member in CASE’s Strategic Planning Steering Committee. She has been involved on the planning committee for our conference on Institutionally Related Foundations. I can’t speak highly enough of her,” Koenig said.

While she’s only been a full time instructor in the Columbus Technical College’s (Ga.) Adult Education division for three years, Heather Morgan’s influence is wide-reaching and her passion for helping others is contagious. For those reasons — and several others — Morgan has been named the winner of Columbus Technical College’s Rick Perkins/Tim Justice Instructor of the Year for 2017. Morgan is living proof that despite the best plans, sometimes fate makes decisions for you. “I always thought I’d be teaching Shakespeare or AP English Literature at a high school somewhere, but I fell in love with the students and the Adult Ed program,” Morgan said. “I connect with the students because I also have a GED. (I quit my senior year but still managed to get in the Air Force due to a high ASVAB score and a great recruiter!) It’s rewarding to work with adults who are so motivated to learn. Being able to directly see their progress in reading and writing and watch their self-esteem become boosted along the way is awesome. Sometimes, the students’ whole idea about who they are and what they can do changes right before your eyes, and sharing in their excitement and joy when they pass a part of their test is amazing.” Morgan loves to read anything she can get her hands on including literature, books, short stories, and the like. Her mission as an Adult Education instructor is to inspire others to change their negative mindset about reading. Morgan is thrilled when students share with her that they’ve started to read with their children or grandchildren. The 41-year-old single mom of two college students lives in the Tazewell community in Marion County. In addition to her busy life as a teacher, she is also a student herself – studying for her GRE in hopes of entering into a graduate level program for her master’s degree.

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