NFC Connections Winter 2020 - Page 26

MARIE GUEST RECEIVES 2019 PROFESSIONAL EDUCATOR Leadership Award Marie Guest M arie Guest, a professor in North Florida College’s Business and Social Sciences Department, is NFC’s 2018-2019 Instructor of the Year. Guest received the prestigious Professional Educator Leadership Award during the College’s annual employee recognition ceremony in May [then NFCC]. “Marie’s commitment to innovative teaching, best design practices for the distance learning environment, program redesign, and assessment for quality improvement is demonstrated daily; however, most impressive is her work with and dedication to NFC’s students,” said Jennifer Page, NFC Dean of Academic Marie Guest Affairs. “Marie has time and time again raised the bar for quality teaching at NFC. She is constantly looking for new and innovative strategies for delivering course content in a way that best reaches her students in a meaningful way.” Guest’s main areas of teaching are economics, general business and various computer applications. Using the economic concepts of rational decision- “ “ Marie has time and time again raised the bar for quality teaching at NFC. 24 NORTH FLORIDA COLLEGE making, incentives and efficiency, she specializes in leveraging the use of instructional technology to better serve student learning styles while effectively managing heavy course and duty loads. She also serves as a campus innovator and mentor for her fellow faculty. “I am so proud to be chosen as NFCC’s Instructor of the Year!” said Guest in May. “The application process was rigorous but I have had an exceptionally productive year while focusing my efforts on continuing to improve instruction to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse student body, providing resources to assist students, reducing textbook costs to improve accessibility to a college education by improving affordability, and presenting my research and results at conferences. To do all of this, I have had the support of my colleagues, Sharon Brave Heart, Michelle Ginn and David Palomino. I also must thank my Academic Dean, Jennifer Page, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Kristin Summers, and, most importantly, NFC President John Grosskopf. Any initiative I have ever suggested to better support our students has been fully supported by administration and by my fellow faculty. I am so thankful that circumstances led me to this career and this place where my particular skill set has been used to make a difference in so many lives.” Excellence Innovation and