Program: Instructor, Academic Transfer
Education/Industry Certifications: Master
of Arts degree in Speech from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln;
Bachelor of Science degree in Speech from the University of
Has taught at SCC since: 1972
Years of work experience outside SCC: Teaching at SCC's Milford Campus was my first job, and has been my
only job, since graduating from college.
Describe your teaching
philosophy.When people are surveyed and asked to
list their fears, almost always the No. 1 item on the list is the
fear of public speaking. My goal in my speech classes is to help my
students feel more comfortable when they talk to people in any of a
variety of communication situations, including job interviews,
talking one-on-one with customers or clients, leading meetings, and
making more formal presentations and speeches to larger
Why did you decide to teach at a community
college? I started teaching at the Milford Campus
before the community college system was established in Nebraska.
And, to be honest, when I graduated from UNL, I just wanted a job .
. . any job. Taking the job at the Nebraska Technical College
(which later became SCC's Milford Campus) turned out to be a very
good decision for me. I have been teaching here for more than 42
years, and I am proud to be a part of Southeast Community
What can prospective students expect when they
enroll in your program? I am not part of a
particular technical program on the Milford Campus. I am a member
of the General Education staff, and all Milford Campus students
take General Education classes. Our goals are to complement and
supplement their technical education and to help make them better
employees and better citizens.
What do you enjoy most about working with
students? First, I have developed a great deal of
respect for Milford Campus students during my 42+ years here. They
are becoming experts in their technical fields, and I have learned
from them. I probably "know enough to be dangerous" about auto and
diesel mechanics, welding, building construction, and all of the
other technical programs on the Milford Campus. Secondly, watching
students improve their communication skills as we go through the
quarter brings me great satisfaction.
What is the best part about being an SCC
faculty member? At the Milford Campus we consider
ourselves a family. Just like a family, we may not always agree,
but we support each other through good times and
What has been your proudest moment as an
instructor? My proudest moments in the classroom come
from seeing the most nervous, most "scared-of-giving-a-speech"
students overcome those roadblocks and get up and give their
speeches. Personally, my proudest moment occurred just recently
when I received the SCC Milford Campus "Outstanding Teacher" award.
Plus, I have been recognized several times with years of service
awards: 25 years, 30 years, 35 years, and 40 years. Whew!
What do you like to do when you're not
teaching? I enjoy spending time with my two grandsons
(and I am looking forward to a new grandchild in June 2014). My
favorite way to relax is reading; I always have a book going. I
like to travel, and I am looking forward to doing more traveling
when I retire. I enjoy playing trivia games, especially "Jeopardy!"
and "Trivial Pursuit."
What would students be surprised to know about
you?First, that I am married to a Milford Campus
graduate. Secondly, that I have been teaching here for 42+ years.
Third, that I have taken the online "Jeopardy!" test to try to get
on the show, and fourth, that I usually get in three miles a day
when I walk the halls before school, during coffee break, and
during lunch (and, contrary to some reports, I am NOT the hall