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Gail Ogden

  • Programs: Non-credit Adult Continuing Education, adjunct faculty

    Education: B.A, M.A. Dance

    Has taught at SCC since: 1984

    Describe your teaching philosophy
    Access to education, whether for personal or professional knowledge, is an opportunity we have in the American public education system. Learning from students and peers teaches me how to teach others to make the subject interesting while imparting ways for each student to learn something new about the subject as well as leading to the ways that they can teach, and learn for, themselves. Encourage students every step of the way since trying something new can be intimidating.

    Why did you decide to teaching at a community college?
    In life, we come together through common interests and form communities. The non-credit adult program at SCC makes education affordable while providing a wide range of subjects for every member of the larger community of our city and beyond. Having previously faced financial obstacles to education in the past, it is important to me to teach for an entity that makes it possible for most people to learn a topic of interest in a community that welcomes everyone. SCC fills that need.

    What can students expect when they enroll in your classes?
    I try to find a way to reach each student and to balance the pace of the class so that everyone finds their comfort level with the material presented. I will try different approaches, change my communication or demonstration, and call upon my patience when facing a challenging situation. I want each student to relax and have fun, to ask questions and to keep trying. Staying neutral is important too.

    What experiences outside of SCC do you bring to the classroom/laboratory that enhance student learning?
    Working and having been a student in good and bad scenarios has played a role in the helping me decide what type of teacher I wish to be and how I treat others. Knowing how I learn best may not be the same for someone else. My job is to help each student find their way if I can, or direct them to a resource that may be better suited for them than what I can offer.

    What advice do you have for students pursuing a degree in your program?
    There is no degree in this program.

    What do I enjoy most about working with students?
    There is nothing quite like being on the receiving end of an "Aha" moment for a student. Seeing the components of a class come together with their world view is exhilarating.

    What is the best part about being an SCC faculty member?
    The best part about being affiliated with SCC as adjunct faculty is the opportunity to share my passions and interests with others. Working with a good supervisor, Nancy Holman, is a tremendous help.

    What has been your proudest moment as an instructor?
    I have had many moments, most of them humbling, where I have learned how to be a better instructor. When a student studies with me for a long time, it's a validation that I am probably doing something right.  Daily, teaching is one of my most favorite things. Really.

    What do you like to do when you're not teaching?
    When not teaching or working, I like to garden, cook, read, go to movies and live concerts, travel, walk the dog, meet people, practice yoga--just engage with life in various way