MHCC Announces Distinguished Teaching Awards

Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) selected three outstanding instructors to receive the annual "Distinguished Teaching Award."

The awards recognize excellent teaching and service to students and peers, and encourage continuation of that excellence. Each recipient learned about his or her award by a surprise visit from Mike Hay, MHCC president, who brought gifts and congratulations.

   Katherine Conrad, Nursing instructor   

Katherine Conrad, Nursing instructor, was recognized with the first Distinguished Teaching Award. With tears, she accepted a lovely bouquet of roses while listening to the laudatory comments offered by her students. "Katherine is amazing! She's both a mentor and a friend," wrote one student on the nomination form. Another student said Conrad "is an instructor who truly cares about her students at the soul level."

A registered nurse since 1980 and an instructor at MHCC since 2002, Conrad was thrilled to receive the recognition. "Thanks so much to my students! You make teaching a learning experience for everyone," she said.

   Jerry Lyons, Ford ASSET instructor, and Mike
   Hay, MHCC president

Jerry Lyons was working on a Ford Mustang when Hay, Christie Plinski, vice president of Instruction, and Dennis Mattoon, dean of Industrial Technology and Apprenticeship, surprised him with the Distinguished Teaching Award. Lyons received a chocolate cake and bouquet of balloons.

Students enthusiastically voted for Lyons, a Ford Asset program instructor, noting his innovative and engaging teaching style. "Jerry is always able to help students," said one student. "He always puts us first."

   Mike Hay, MHCC president and David Wright,
   English instructor

Hay caught David Wright, an English instructor, off guard during class. His students were delighted that their instructor had received the award, and offered celebratory hugs. Wright was praised for his "dynamic thought process and heart of gold," as well as for his "consistency and clarity of instruction."

The instructors were each presented with a $500 check from the MHCC District Foundation and honored by the Board of Education June 13.


Congratulations to these three distinguished teachers! 


  By Teresa Lane 


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