Event Date

May 20, 2008

Three earn outstanding teacher awards

Fallon Faculty Members Honored

Three instructors from Western Nevada College's Fallon campus have been honored for their contributions to teaching during the 2007-2008 academic year: Kathy Reynolds, instructor of English, received the President's Award as "Faculty Member of the Year," from Dr. Carol Lucey.

Reynolds gave the keynote address for the commencement and said she was privileged to know many in the audience. She lauded the community college system which she said gives more individual attention and takes a personal interest in the students.

She praised graduates as an "extraordinary" and diverse group that covers all ages, including those who had to learn English as a second language, and those with various types of family situations and military commitments. "You have made education a priority" despite challenges and responsibilities, she said. Reynolds urged students to follow their passions and keep their minds open to every opportunity.

Biological sciences instructor Holly O'Toole was named "Teacher of the Year" as selected by the students. Mike Dugan, who teaches speech communication, and cinema as art and communication, was chosen as Part-time Instructor of the Year. Mike also won the award in the mid-1990s.

Both instructors were praised for their insight and ability to make learning fun. Student Leah Burfield, who is studying to be an interpreter for the deaf, said "Holly makes science fun and easy. She presents material in a way that you know you can learn it and know you can succeed."

Burfield said Dugan's cinema class was a "blast."

"He's the neatest, off-the-wall funny guy who gets you to look at movies a different way. You can never watch movies in the same way again. You'll always study the lighting, the costume choices and dialogue to figure out what the director was trying to get across."

Press Release: June 3, 2008

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