Kelley completes 'Master Teacher'
Angela Kelley represented LBW Community College as instructors from community and technical colleges throughout the state attended the annual Alabama Master Teacher Experience in Rainsville in late July.
Under the direction of Dr. David Campbell, president of Northeast Alabama Community College, the weeklong residential event at NACC is designed to bring teachers together for intensive training on instructional innovations, motivational techniques, situational problem-solving, contextual learning, and information exchange.
Kelley, biology faculty at LBWCC in Opp, said the event has to be attended to be understood.
“Alabama Master Teacher Experience was a wonderful opportunity to interact with fellow two-year college instructors in various disciplines in order to share best practices for reaching students,” she said. “It was very refreshing and enlightening. To understand it, teachers must attend it.”
The concept of a seminar designed expressly for teachers originated in 1962 by Roger Garrison at Westbrook College in Portland, Maine. Since that time, the concept has become a national movement with programs in numerous states across the nation and around the world. Garrison’s beliefs centered on the following premises:
• much excellent teaching takes place in American higher education;
• teachers striving toward mastery of their craft have much to share with others; and
• bringing teachers together in a relaxed, informal atmosphere to share their successes and their problems will enhance the skills of all.
Staff members assisting in the 14th year of the Alabama Community College Teaching and Learning Initiative were Kristy White, director from Lurleen B. Wallace Community College; Ron Van Houten of Central Alabama Community College; Alina Adams, Gail Hyatt, and Laura Smallwood of Wallace State Community College of Hanceville; Derrick Griffey and Chris Harrison of Gadsden State Community College; Joan Reeves of Northeast Alabama Community College; and George Scott of Enterprise State Community College. Additionally, two visiting instructors from Southwest Georgia Technical College, Summer Washington and Claudia Grooms, helped with the facilitation of the event.