MCC-Penn Valley’s Millie Nottingham honored for Excellence in Teaching

Millie Edwards Nottingham

Reading instructor Millie Edwards Nottingham has been named MCC-Penn Valley’s recipient of the 2017 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

The annual accolade goes to instructors from each community college campus in Missouri.

“I’m honored  to receive this award,” Nottingham said. “I accept it for all who work at and for Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley. No matter what their responsibility, each position or job makes us who we are, MCC-PV proud.”

Tarana Chapple, MCC-Penn Valley interim dean of instruction, notified the campus of the award in an email, stating:  “With a master’s degree in comprehensive literacy, Mrs. Nottingham has taught all levels of developmental reading since becoming full-time faculty in 2008. She holds students to a  high standard and has high expectations for her students while being understanding of the lives they lead. She infuses career and community resources within her courses, and students understand that what she says comes from her own career and community  experiences.”

Nottingham came to MCC with a wealth of life experience and dedication to excellence. Before she was a teacher, she worked at AT&T for 25 years, holding positions that ranged from corporate diversity to public affairs. And that profile is only enhanced by her incredible voice. Nottingham is a nationally known jazz singer.

“This is outstanding, and many kudos to Millie,” says Tony Ross, Ed.D., interim MCC-Penn Valley president. “We are privileged to have her as part of the MCC-Penn Valley family.”

Nottingham talked in-depth about her experiences in a one-on-one interview with MCC News last year. Some excerpts:

  • Advice she finds herself giving students the most: “Be prepared, be there and show up. So many times, people just naturally assume the most qualified person gets a job. Well, they don’t. The people who get the job are the people who show up, who are active, who are involved, prepared and ready. And they have an open mind when they see someone who is not like them.”
  • What she wants her legacy to be at MCC: “That I made a difference in the lives of our students.  I helped them care not only about themselves, their friends and their family, but that they became good corporate citizens. That their successes mattered, but so did other people.  I want students to realize we as people are members of the human race. I succeed because I do what I do, but I’m a member of the human race.  I want students to understand that as members of the human race they have a responsibility not only to themselves and their immediate circle but to the world they live in.”

To read that article from February 2016, click here.

Nottingham and MCC’s four other faculty winners will be honored April 12 at the Missouri Community College Association’s awards luncheon in Jefferson City.

Also noteworthy: Last year, Nottingham was named to Ingram’s magazine’s 50 Missourians You Should Know list.

And on March 5 of this year, she accepted a “Women of Courage” Award from Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.