Two NWCCD teachers win excellence awards

SHERIDAN — Sheridan College instructor Dr. Rachel Kristiansen and Gillette College instructor Travis Grubb have been honored with Teaching Excellence awards from the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development.

Kristiansen, a Sheridan native, began her career at Sheridan College in 2010 and is a full-time faculty member in the social science department. She received her Ph.D. in experimental psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2011. During her graduate career, she studied various species of whales and dolphins in the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean, Atlantic Ocean and Pacific Ocean.

“Rachel Kristiansen is the kind of teacher who helps you draw out your passion for learning by bringing her own passion to the table,” said Dr. Mercedes Aquirre Batty, SC dean of arts, humanities and social sciences. “Offering a fresh perspective on psychology, she delivers a plethora of knowledge to fresh minds and prompts them to explore options in the field as well. Her personality and approachable manner make her one of the favorites here on Sheridan campus.”

Grubb is a diesel instructor at Gillette College and began his career eight years ago.

“Travis Grubb is an outstanding teacher,” said Jed Jensen, dean of technical career education for the NWCCD. “He has made immense contributions to the technical programs at Gillette College through his helpful demeanor as an educator, his enthusiasm and vast skill and knowledge.”

Grubb and Kristiansen were nominated for the award by the Sheridan and Gillette colleges united Faculty Senate. They plan to attend the national NISOD conference this summer, where the organization distributes medallions acknowledging the winners’ contributions to educational excellence.

 


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