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Dion Gaston

  • Program: Traffic Safety & Licensing in the Continuing Education Division

    Education/Industry Certifications: Associate Degree; Bachelor’s Degree (Criminal Justice); Master’s Degree (Educational Administration); Initial Teacher Certification (Special Education, 7-12); Driver Education Instructor Certification

    Has Taught at SCC Since: 2019

    Years of Work Experience Outside SCC: 19 Years (15 years with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln; 4 years with Lincoln Public Schools)

    Describe your teaching philosophy.

    All students have the right to learn regardless of learning abilities or skill set.

    Why did you decide to teach at a community college?

    I started my postsecondary journey at a community college and understand the key values of a community college education.

    What can prospective students expect when they enroll in your program?

    Enthusiasm, productivity and effective/efficient instructions.

    What experiences outside of SCC do you bring to the classroom/laboratory that enhance student learning?

    Being in the education field for 19 years and having the luxury to work with pre-college students in their pursuit of postsecondary education.

    What advice do you have for students pursuing a degree in your program?

    While it’s not a degree that students obtain, I want them to remember who is on the roads when driving: our loved ones, other people’s loved ones, children, grandparents etc.

    What do you enjoy most about working with students?

    Providing meaningful safety feedback about the rules of the road and relationship-building with the youth of our community.

    What is the best part about being an SCC faculty member?

    The flexibility and my helpful colleagues.

    What has been your proudest moment as an instructor?

    When a student and/or parent notifies my supervisor about the positive impact I had on them and/or their child.

    What do you like to do when you’re not teaching?

    The easy answer would be to say spend time with my family, so I am going to go with coaching. I coach high school football with Lincoln Public Schools, and it takes up most of my time during the first quarter of the school year.

    What would students be surprised to know about you?

    That I am afraid of snakes and heights.