On Friday, April 22, CCAC hosted an appreciation event in honor of our hardworking faculty members for their many years of dedicated service. One of our distinguished faculty members, Professor Fran Maxin, who teaches in the sciences, has been with us here at CCAC since the very beginning—that’s 50 years of teaching!
We call the full collective of our students the “student body.” But if students are the body of an institution, then our faculty and instructors are surely the lifeblood, energizing and animating our students to do and be their very best. And for that, I’d like to thank our tireless CCAC faculty for all that they do to help our students to succeed and thrive.
The average class size at CCAC is 17 students. This opportunity for close interaction with faculty is, I feel, one of CCAC’s greatest strengths. When your professors are able to work with you first hand, they can do so much more than simply deliver the course material.
They can really share their passion and their in-depth knowledge with you. They can inspire and motivate you to do your very best, not just for the grade, but for the love of learning. If you’re struggling, they can work with you and help you find new ways of approaching difficult material. They can really get to know you, your goals and your learning style. They can truly teach.
Without fail, every person has at least one favorite teacher or professor who made learning thrilling and fun, who challenged them to push beyond their boundaries and grow as a student and as a human being and who offered unwavering support and encouragement through difficult subjects.
I’d like to take a moment to personally acknowledge just a couple of the many fine educators from my undergraduate years as a biology major at Prairie View A&M University who inspired me and supported my love of learning and of education.
Dr. Eddie Martin, who taught comparative anatomy, and Dr. George Brown, my instructor for anatomy and physiology, were both astounding in their ability to engage and pique my curiosity in the sciences while always challenging me to demonstrate true mastery of the discipline.
They provided me with guidance, instruction and assistance as I prepared for advanced study and they exposed me to opportunities that supported my educational and career development. I cannot thank them enough for everything they’ve done for me.
This blog post is timely: Teacher’s Appreciation Day
is coming up on Tuesday, May 3. But thanking the educators in your life who have helped you learn and grow is a year-round pursuit. I urge you, as the spring 2016 semester draws to a close and the CCAC 2016 Commencement Ceremony approaches, to take a moment and reach out to the teachers and professors who have influenced you the most and thank them for everything they’ve done for you and that they continue to do for others. They will be delighted to hear it!