Pensacola State College 2013-2014 Teaching Excellence Award

ex·cel·lence
ˈeksələns/
noun
the quality of being outstanding or extremely good.
 
synonyms:
distinction, quality, superiority, brilliance, greatness, 
merit, caliber,eminence, preeminence, supremacy,
skill, talent, virtuosity,accomplishment, mastery
 

 

There are many teachers in the world, a fair number of them are good, but few of them go beyond just being capable and knowledgeable to setting it as a goal to make a real impact on their students.

I’ve met a handful of teachers over the years that I would say fit the bill of being excellent, and I met another a few months ago at Pensacola State College — Dr Cynthia App.

Unfortunately celebrating and recognizing her achievements may come too late.

Yesterday Dr App informed her class that Pensacola State College had eliminated her position and that in all likelihood this would be her last term teaching at Pensacola State College.

I was not alone in feeling sad that an instructor like Dr App would be let go; and more than one student was whispering about trying to do something to encourage the school to retain her.

We can only hope that Pensacola State College has done everything in its power to try and retain such a valuable asset to their students and mission.  It would be beyond criminal to lose any instructor who shows the dedication and commitment that she does.

I certainly implore the President of the college (Dr Edward Meadows), the administration of the college, the Board of Trustees of the college (Herb Woll, Marjorie T Moor, Carol Carlan, Monsignor Luck Hunt, Edward Moore, John L O’Connor, Dona Usry, and Deidre Young), the chancellor of the Florida College System (Randall W Hanna), and the Governor of the State of Florida (Rick Scott) to insure that the needs of the students and the community are being best served by this decision.

Whether or not Dr App wins the Teaching Excellence Award is largely irrelevant.  What is important is that she has touched the lives of so many students during her tenure at Pensacola State College and helped them to realize their potentials.  I suspect that’s all the reward she ever sought.

 

 

My submission for the 2013-2014 Teaching Excellence Award

 

Dr. App shows a rare and wonderful dedication to her students and teaching.  It’s clear to any student who has been fortunate enough to have her as an instructor that she cares about the success of each and every individual in her classes and fully commits herself, her time, and her energies to insuring that a positive, enjoyable, and rewarding learning environment is provided to everyone.  Further she goes beyond what is required and expected to make herself available to help students with issues not only related to their education, but also relating to their lives, and careers.  Dr. App epitomizes excellence in education.