Craven Community College (CCC) announces the winners of its 2015 Employee Excellence Awards. They are: Jessica Cofield, Faculty Excellence Teaching Award, Diane Tyndall, Staff Excellence Award, and Saundra “Sandy” Johnson, Adjunct Faculty Excellence Teaching Award. Each year, the Excellence Awards recognize those individuals who go above and beyond their day-to-day duties at CCC and in the community.
“One of my most favorite duties each year is to surprise our staff and faculty award winners,” said Dr. Catherine Chew, president. She said, “This year’s winners each humbly exemplifies an incredible commitment to our institution and its students.”
Winners Cofield and Tyndall will be submitted as candidates for the annual North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS) awards for Excellence in Teaching and Staff of the Year respectively, which are bestowed by The State Board of Community Colleges. Cofield is also the 2015 Community Fabric Awards (CFA) Leadership in Education award recipient and will be recognized during an awards luncheon on Tuesday, April 21, at the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center.
“It makes me feel good that to know what I am doing in the classroom is working,” said Cofield, a biology instructor. When asked why she thought she was nominated, she said, “I hope my enthusiasm for teaching translated to the students.” This is not Cofield’s first teaching award. She received the College of Science and Mathematics Dean’s Award for Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant while she was a student at Auburn University. Cofield is also the program director for CCC’s Scholars in Engineering and Science (SEAS) Program.
Tyndall is the chair of business, technology and education programs and has been with CCC for almost 30 years. She also was awarded the Faculty Excellence Award in 2002. “It is so gratifying to be recognized again and to be recognized by both staff and students,” said Tyndall. In this academic year, Tyndall has led the college’s 50th anniversary committee which planned celebrations such as Community Day, Alumni Basketball Game, Black History Performance, and Rockin’ the 50th. Tyndall was also involved in developing the anniversary’s historic timeline, facts and videos.
Johnson has taught online courses for allied health and business programs as a part-time instructor since 2012. She became director of the Small Business Center at Pamlico Community College in 2013. “I continued to teach with Craven because I love it and didn’t want to give it up,” said Johnson. She said her learning philosophy includes caring for the student as a whole person. “If they see that you care about them, then they will persist and be successful,” said Johnson.
Deborah Kania is the director of marketing, communications and development liaison at Craven Community College.
Article originally appeared in the New Bern Sun Journal.