Program: Computer Information Technology
Education/Industry Certifications: Associate of Applied Science degree in Computer Programming, SCC Milford; Nebraska Educator’s Certificate (Career education teaching certificate).
Has Taught at SCC Since: 1999
Years of Work Experience Outside SCC: Six
Describe your teaching philosophy.
I try to bring real-world experiences to the classroom so that the students have an idea of what they can expect when they are ready to go out into the workforce.
Why did you decide to teach at a community college?
After working in industry for several years, I was drawn back to SCC because I realized what a great opportunity it had been for me, and I really believe in the program.
What can prospective students expect when they enroll in your program?
The CIT program is a fast-paced environment that requires hard work and dedication.
What experiences outside of SCC do you bring to the classroom/laboratory that enhance student learning?
After I graduated from SCC I worked as a programmer/IT person for six years. Because of this experience, I am able to help the students understand what kinds of experiences they will encounter on the job.
What advice do you have for students pursuing a degree in your program?
Be ready to work hard. We cover a lot of information in a short amount of time.
What do you enjoy most about working with students?
It is great when you can see that a student has an “aha” moment when a concept clicks for them. I also enjoy getting to know students on a personal level.
What is the best part about being an SCC faculty member?
Working with the students and the faculty. I work with great people, some I have known for 20 years, and they have become lifelong friends.
What has been your proudest moment as an instructor?
I feel a tremendous amount of pride when I see students walk across the stage at graduation. I also love it when I run into graduates of the program or receive emails from former students who tell me how successful they have become.
What do you like to do when you’re not teaching?
My husband and I like to travel. We have three amazing grandkids that we spend lots of time with.
What would students be surprised to know about you?
I love to go to live concerts and plays.