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Terry Spoor

  • Program: Instructor, Fire and Emergency Services Management and Fire Protection Technology (Program Chair)

    Education/Industry Certifications: Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science, Northwest Missouri State University; Associate of Science degree in Fire Protection and Safety Engineering Technology, Oklahoma State University; Certified Fire Instructor II

    Has taught at SCC since: 2006

    Years of work experience outside SCC: 30

    Describe your teaching philosophy.
    Allow students to explore and find answers for themselves. Provide them guidance to discover their own solutions and keep asking them a lot of questions. Require students to think, not just regurgitate, what they have read or been told.

    Why did you decide to teach at a community college?
    I wanted a position that would allow me to work closely with both current and prospective fire and emergency service personnel.

    What can prospective students expect when they enroll in your program?
    I require my students to participate in classroom discussions, which requires that they prepare before class. I have also found that students do better on quiz items based upon topics that have been presented by other students.

    What experiences outside of SCC do you bring to the classroom/laboratory that enhance student learning?
    I have spent my career in a variety of volunteer and career emergency service organizations, so I bring a wide range of experiences with me to the classroom. Throughout my career I have made mental notes of what techniques and strategies seemed to work well and which ones did not. I have also had several near-miss experiences which I use to emphasize the need for continuous situational awareness.

    What advice to you have for students pursuing a degree in your program?
    Students who successfully complete my program become fire and emergency professionals who ultimately benefit the health and safety of the communities they serve.

    What do you enjoy most about working with students?
    I enjoy when students have those "ah-ha" moments, when a concept or thought process finally makes sense to them, and they are able to relate to their own experiences.

    What is the best part about being an SCC faculty member?
    The best part of being an SCC faculty member is that I can use my skills and knowledge to benefit others. Not only do my students gain knowledge and skills, but their abilities will ultimately help others in the communities that they will serve.

    What has been your proudest moment as an instructor?
    My proudest moments as an instructor are when I meet a graduate who has excelled in their career, especially when they have been promoted to a company or chief officer position.

    What do you like to do when you're not teaching?
    I don't have much spare time, but I do enjoy bicycle riding and playing with my two dogs.

    What would students be surprised to know about you?
    I think most students would be surprised to know that I failed my second semester of college, but was still able to graduate with a 3.5 grade-point average.