Profiles of new full-time Metropolitan Community College faculty, Fall 2019, Part 1
Look for Parts 2, 3 and 4 in the weeks ahead.
English instructor, MCC-Penn Valley
Experience: She taught for 10 years at Moberly Area Community College.
Education: B.A. in English, Columbia College; M.F.A. in creative writing, Queens University of Charlotte (N.C.)
How students would describe her: “Fair, flexible and student-oriented.”
Hobbies and interests: Cycling, metal detecting, photography
Fun fact: Each morning she prepares loose leaf tea from China using the gaiwan method of brewing tea.
Chemistry instructor, MCC-Blue River and MCC-Penn Valley
Experience: He was an adjunct instructor at the Blue River and Maple Woods campuses over the past three years.
Education: A.A., Johnson County Community College; B.S. and M.S. in chemistry, UMKC
How students would describe him: “Tough but fair, knowledgeable and entertaining.”
Philosophy as an educator: He likes to provide multiple resources for material presentation, and he holds students accountable through multiple methods of assessment.
Hobbies and interests: Playing pool; card, trivia and board games; cooking
Education instructor, MCC-Maple Woods
Philosophy as an educator: “Whomever is doing the reading, writing and speaking is doing the learning. I strive to ensure students do all three at some point in each class through intentional planning and cultivating a community of learners.”
How students would describe him: “Someone with high expectations but willing to provide support to get there.”
Experience: He has worked as a high school history teacher, a teaching and learning coach, a district administrator (North Kansas City Schools) and an MCC adjunct.
Education: B.S. Ed. in social studies and journalism education, M.A. in history, University of Central Missouri; M.Ed. in educational leadership and policy analysis, University of Missouri; Ed.D. in educational leadership, Baker University
Hobbies and interests: He’s an avid classic-auto collector and restorer. Loves traveling and attending sporting events and concerts.
Sonography program coordinator, St. Joseph site
How students would describe her: “Strict, knowledgeable, down-to-earth.”
Experience: She has worked in sonography for eight years. This is her fifth year of teaching at Hillyard Technical Center.
Education: Sonography program at Hillyard Technical Center; B.S. in kinesiology, Kansas State University; M.S. in career and technical education leadership, University of Central Missouri
Hobbies and interests: Family (three young children), exercise, gardening
Fun fact: “We recently bought a house that is approximately 150 years old.”
Biology instructor, MCC-Longview
Experience: She brings to MCC 12-plus years of teaching at the college level, plus community outreach with teens in oceanography and conservation in Texas.
Education: B.S. in biology and M. Ed. in curriculum and instruction, Arizona State University; M.S. in biology, Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi
How students would describe her: “Outgoing, approachable, hard. Some students think I’m funny.”
Philosophy as an educator: “Raise the bar — they’ll meet your expectations!”
Hobbies and interests: Travel, crochet, birding, science fiction books and TV, cooking, plants of all types
Fun fact: “I met Chuck Norris when I was working on my Ph.D.”