North Selects John and Suanne Roueche Faculty Award Recipients

image of Anne Forester, instructor in the Intensive English Program, and Alexand

Anne Forester and Alexandra Abeyta

President Warren Brown, Ed.D., and vice president for Instruction Kristen Jones, Ed.D., recently named the 2016 recipients of the League for Innovation John and Suanne Roueche Faculty Excellence Awards. Honored faculty members are Anne Forester, instructor in the Intensive English Program (IEP), and Alexandra Abeyta, instructor in Adult Basic Education (ABE).

Anne Forester, IEP

In nominating Anne Forester, colleague Maureen Kill noted that, under Anne’s leadership, the International Program’s Intensive English Program "has high standards and clear objectives and is successful because Anne has created a collaborative program where the instructors share ideas, curricula, and concerns and kudos about the students.” Anne was praised for her availability to both faculty and students, particularly during the aftermath of the recent bus accident. She is recognized as both an outstanding leader and an excellent teacher.

“In her role as program coordinator for the Intensive English Program," says Dr. Jones, "Anne has mentored other faculty and helped to create an academically rigorous and supportive program. Her passion for teaching English is contagious!”

Alexandra Abeyta, ABE

Alexandra Abeyta was nominated by two faculty peers, Bernadette Pila and Jeanie Haines. Bernadette cited Alex’s contribution to revitalizing the ABE program and showing “great innovation and endless energy as she took on the task to develop and design the new High School 21+ program…Alex consistently works to improve the options and success rates for our students and our college.”

Jeanie Haines wrote a strong recommendation for Alex’s nomination as well, noting both her superior teaching skills in a range of courses and outstanding leadership skills as ABE coordinator and the person responsible for getting the HS 21+ program up and running. Jeanie adds, “Luckily, another of Alex’s talents is that she excels in reaching out to the people and resources that could benefit ABE students.”

“Alex has done a fabulous job of developing North’s new HS 21 program, including creating curriculum, teaching, recruiting and advising students," says  Dr. Jones. "Her commitment and passion for supporting students in achieving a high school diploma is inspiring."

About the Award and the League for Innovation

The John and Suanne Roueche Faculty Excellence Awards recognize outstanding faculty contributions and leadership. Forester and Abeyta were chosen from the total group of instructors nominated from the North Seattle College faculty. Each winner will receive $1,000 to be used toward the cost of attending the League’s annual conference in Chicago March 20-23.

The Innovations conference is for professionals dedicated to improving organizational teaching and learning, and discovering new approaches for enhancing the community college experience. This international conference provides a forum for collaboration among academic experts and leading community college professionals, while granting participants exclusive access to inventive and thought-provoking programs from around the world.

Posted on: January 14th, 2016 at 14:34:05

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