Congratulations to Four Outstanding Selkirk Team Members
Selkirk College’s Standing Committee on Professional Excellence (SCOPE) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2013-2014 awards.
The purpose of the SCOPE awards is to recognize and promote professional excellence. Faculty and staff are nominated for the awards by students and peers.
The Selkirk College SCOPE Awards Ceremony will take place in the Staff Lounge at the Castlegar campus on Thursday, September 25, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome.
This year, four faculty members have been recognized for exceptional performance.
Taya Whitehead is an instructor in the Early Childhood Care & Education Program. Nominated by a colleague, Whitehead is described as having made significant contributions to the college in the six years that she has been a Selkirk employee.
Upon her arrival Whitehead did a complete revision of the ECCE program which has resulted in three levels of ECCE programming at the College today: certificate, diploma, and post basic specialty certificates. She also developed an Employment Skills Access Training Program in Early Childhood Education which saw approximately 80 students trained as assistants in the West Kootenay Region.
Colleagues and students describe Whitehead as “an exceptional team player” and her “positive attitude to life is contagious.” As an instructor she has a creative and hands on approach to teaching “she is enthusiastic and clearly loves her profession.”
Currently, Whitehead is president of the Early Childhood Educators of BC, and serves as Director of Kootenay Boundary Community Services Cooperative, Kootenay Family Place, and the Early Years Advisory Committee. She is also busy as vice chair on EDCO, completing her Master’s degree, and yes, parenting three young children.
Janet Mayr is an instructor of Sociology and Women’s Studies in the School of University Arts & Sciences. Nominated by a student, Mayr is described as setting a warm learning environment.
Janet Mayr is described as being passionate about learning and brings a welcoming smile to class every day.
“Every time I enter her classroom she always has a welcoming smile on her face and brightens up the room with her sense of humor,” a student wrote. “It is clear that Janet is passionate about her teaching.”
“I would love for her to realize how profound an impact she has made on so many of her students,” wrote another student.
Mayr’s work on the Curriculum Committee was acknowledged by a couple of her colleagues. Rightly so, as she has been a committee member for many years.
“Janet always makes useful contributions to support her colleagues and to move the business of the committee along,” one colleague said. “(I) was always impressed with her professionalism and the willingness to step forward and pitch in to make things happen.”
One of Mayr’s colleagues spoke of Janet’s work on the Status of Women Committee over the years.
“Janet’s contacts and communication with the community outside of Selkirk College meant that college events have had excellent participation from such outside groups as the Nelson Women’s Centre and Castlegar’s Stopping the Violence program, contributing to Selkirk College’s community development and engagement.”
Tracey Harvey is an instructor in the GIS Program. Harvey’s students describe her as passionate, enthusiastic, and authentic: a true mentor.
One student wrote that Tracey is an instructor who “gets her students excited to learn and won’t let them settle for mediocrity” while another noted that “students always come first in her classroom, and her positivity is purely contagious.”
Harvey’s colleagues agree that she is a devoted student advocate who contributes generously to the College and the School of Environment & Geomatics, serving on the Strategic Planning Committee, working with the Institutional Research team, and introducing new technology into the classroom. Several colleagues credit Harvey with renewing interest the ADGIS program and making significant improvements to enrollment.
Harvey’s excellence is also recognized in the community. An external colleague describes her as a “proud ambassador of Selkirk College who stands out as a leader in promoting the use of GIS in new and innovative ways.”
Carol Andrews is an instructor in the School of Environment and Geomatics. One of Andrews’ students spoke of her “student centeredness” approach to teaching and described her as “a phenomenal instructor to have and I felt very lucky to have had the opportunity to learn from her.”
Carol Andrews is highly respected by both students and peers.
Andrews’ colleagues spoke of her dedication to students and the program.
“She cares about each and every one of them and sets no limitations on what she will do to help them be better students and better people. I witness this virtually every day throughout the school year. It’s way, way more than just lectures and labs and marking and exams for Carol. She relishes their every success. Carol is always well prepared for class and ensures the material she is teaching is current. She also has a wonderful sense of humor which goes a long way in the classroom.”
One community member said; “In my experience, Carol Andrews demonstrates innovation, professional excellence, and so many more positive attributes in her teaching role, her community and her profession. I can think of no one more deserving of recognition”.
Congratulations to all of this year’s award winners!