Meet MCC’s new full-time faculty members, Part 1

Profiles of new full-time Metropolitan Community College faculty, Fall 2019, Part 1

Look for Parts 2, 3 and 4 in the weeks ahead.

Cindy Maxey-Droege

English instructor, MCC-Penn Valley

Why she wanted to work at MCC: “It’s diverse and cutting edge.”

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.

James Bryan

Chemistry instructor, MCC-Blue River and MCC-Penn Valley

Why he wanted to work at MCC: “I started at a community college and feel it’s where I can make the most difference and have the greatest impact.”

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

Kyle Anderson

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.

Jaclyn Pruitt

Sonography program coordinator, St. Joseph site

Philosophy as an educator: “Put in the hard work and I’ll help guide you to success.”

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.”

Amanda Merryman

Biology instructor, MCC-Longview

Why she wanted to work at MCC: “I love the ‘community’ part of community college. I think higher education and job training should be accessible to all, and MCC satisfies that for me.”

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.”