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NISOD award

About the Award

NMC is one of more than 700 community college members of NISOD, the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development. Affiliated with the University of Texas at Austin, NISOD has made the teaching excellence awards to faculty at member institutions since 1989. Nominees are judged on criteria including commitment to learning, professionalism and relationships with both students and colleagues.

2019 Award WinnerS

Holly Gorton headshotMargaret Fox headshotMargaret Fox, office manager for the Health Occupations Academic Area, Holly Gorton, executive assistant to the NMC president; Kristy McDonald, business academic area instructor and Beckie Wooters, dental assisting instructor, are the 2018–19 recipients.

All said working among equally passionate NMC colleagues to help students achieve their goals makes their selection an honor. Fox has worked at NMC since 1997.

“Building relationships with faculty, students and staff is a key ingredient to being successful as an academic area office manager. Watching students transition from student to graduate to successful member of the health care community is a very satisfying experience.”

Gorton has worked at NMC since 1994.

Beckie Wooters head shotKristyMcDonaldAs a lifelong learner myself, I appreciate the value of education and learning and respect both the learners and educators who all share the common goal of learner success, at whatever level that may be," she said.

McDonald, who previously won the Imogene Wise Faculty Excellence Award, has worked at NMC since 2008.

“Learning is a powerful tool that can change the world, and I love working along side of so many amazing people who inspire change and growth in our community and around the world,” she said.

Wooters has worked at NMC since 2002.

"Sharing my passion for my profession and helping to educate future professionals in the field is the most satisfying part of my career," she said.

Pictured clockwise from top left: Fox, Gorton, Wooters, McDonald. Select a picture to view/download a higher-resolution version.

Past Recipients

  • 2017: Al Laursen, John Velis
  • 2016: Jason Slade
  • 2015: Blake Key, Jerry Compton, Steve Rice
  • 2014: Judy Chu, Janet Lively, Megan Ward, Mella McCormick, Nicholas Roster
  • 2013: Sue DeCamillis, Nancy Gray, Kristen Salathiel
  • 2012: Diane Owens, Kathryn Fischer
  • 2010-2011: Stephen Siciliano, Diane Emling, Garyn Roberts, Jane Zlojutro, Linda Rea
  • 2009: Doug Domine, Jeff Straw
  • 2008: Mary Jo Elliott, Keith Overbaugh
  • 2007: Scott Goethals, Bob Rodriguez
  • 2006: Tamella Livengood, Mark Nelson
  • 2005: Stephen Drake, Deirdre Mahoney, Mark Puchala
  • 2003: Caroline Schaefer, Anne Patrick
  • 2002: Tom Auch, Margery Taylor
  • 2001: Michael Emerson, Sherry Howard, Connie Jason, Michael Torre, Linda Walter
  • 2000: Alison Collins, Diane Emling, Tom Gordon, Jim Press, Mary Quinn, Laura Schmidt, Jackie Shinners, Jim Valovick
  • 1999: Lynne Harris, Gary Klotzbach, Ken Marek, Marty Trapp
  • 1998: Joan Berg, Ann Cook, Jill Hinds
  • 1997: Claudia Bailey, Laurie Chesley, William Faulk, Bronwyn Jones, Jean Rokos, Barbara Tatarchuk
  • 1996: Jim Coughlin, Dianne Keelan, Gordon Niemi, Bruce Mann
  • 1995: Richard Cookman, Robert Dederichs, Lucy House, Keith Kelly, Regis McCord, Megan Roberts, Ken Rose, David Terrell
  • 1994: Linda Anderson, Karen Howie, Debra Pharo, Don Rodriguez, Marty Trapp
  • 1993: Sallie Donovan, Kathleen Duncan, Adam Gahn, Bronwyn Jones, Mary Ann Linsell Mary Norris, Robert Rudd, Mary Vanderkolk
  • Prior to 1993: Adam Gahn, Mickey Grooters
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