Four members of the Clovis Community College faculty have been recognized for the 2017-2018 National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Award.
Simon Chavez (Communication), Gregory Rapp (English), Melissa Reed (Business Administration), and Erin Thomas (English) are the humble instructors that have been presented with this prestigious award. NISOD is a membership organization dedicated to promoting and celebrating excellence in teaching, learning, and leadership at community and technical colleges. With this award, recipients receive complimentary admission into the NISOD annual conference that takes place in Austin, Texas in May and will take part in the Excellence Award Dinner and Celebration where they will receive a symbolic medallion.
These faculty members embody hard work, knowledge, and most importantly, passion in their work with students. Each recipient received tremendous praise in their nominations concerning their drive to go above and beyond and their astounding reputation with students. “Simon is a dedicated educator who has developed an excellent rapport with his students,” a colleague raves about recipient Simon Chavez.
Not only are these instructors known for their dedication in the classroom, but additionally for their involvement in the college community. A colleague describes her experience with instructor Melissa Reed, “She was eager to serve on a committee and asked to be appointed as soon as a role became available. Her willingness to serve shows her overall commitment to the college, her students, and the community.”
These individuals have also been recognized for the initiative in advancing themselves and their work. Ambition is a quality seen in Gregory Rapp by a faculty member: “Gregory still takes classes to further his education, therefore, is able to serve in multiple capacities. For example, as a political science instructor, which benefits Clovis Community College and our students tremendously.” Inspirational is just one word an associate used to describe Erin Thomas: “She shared her success about her experience in the classroom with her colleagues in such an inspiring and vibrant manner during one of our monthly transitional English department meetings, that they were willing to implement some of her ideas with their own students.”
From their thriving relationships with students to their dedication to the community, all of these individuals continue to set a standard for excellence and exemplify what it means to be a leader.