Foreign language instructor Chad Montuori has been named MCC-Maple Woods’ 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 am a firm believer that the true measure of a society’s worth is how it treats its most vulnerable and at-risk citizens,” Montuori wrote in his personal statement to the nominating board. “While at Metropolitan Community College-Maple Woods, I have consistently taken a hands-on approach with students who fall into this category. I am not someone who passively watches as they sit on the margins of our community; I act because I feel a sense of urgency to help them finish what they started.”
Montuori has been with MCC since 2003. Along with his regular teaching duties, he has served as the foreign language interpreting coordinator, the study abroad to Costa Rica coordinator and Phi Theta Kappa adviser.
In 2011, Montuori created a mentoring program to improve retention and the graduation rate of at-risk students. As part of the program, he arranged a monthly cultural event in the community that enabled participants to work on their interpersonal skills and develop relationships.
“Chad is a valuable resource for the MCC-Maple Woods campus,” says Dean of Instruction David Oehler. “He is known for helping students achieve above their personal expectations and going the extra mile to meet their needs. In addition, he is active in engaging campus faculty in talking about teaching and elevating the level of instruction campuswide.”
Montuori and MCC’s four other faculty winners will be honored April 12 at the Missouri Community College Association’s awards luncheon in Columbia.