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ROSA WELLS-GARRIS
FIRST COLLEGE COORDINATOR

“I believe in this generation,” she said. “I tell parents never to give up on your child. We need them, and they have the energy. I love being around young people....more

 

Rosa Wells-Garris

JAMES EDWARDS
CHESAPEAKE CAMPUS DEAN OF STUDENT SERVICES

“I love to see that ‘ah-ha’ moment that comes when you share your experiences and show students how to possibly avoid pitfalls....more

 

James Edwards

WILLIAM S. RODNER
PROFESSOR OF HISTORY

Previously, Rodner taught at Penn State University and Western Michigan University, but prefers TCC as, “Some of the best students I’ve had are TCC students. It’s a pleasure to teach them and work with them....more

 

William S. Rodner

BABI BROCK
SPECIALIST IN CAREER AND EMPLOYMENT SERVICES

“I love it when I get an email from someone saying, ‘Hey, I made changes to my resume, I got an interview and now I’m gainfully employed,’” she said. “I even have former students who are now employers contacting me wanting to hire TCC graduates....more

 

Babi Brock

MARK DENISON
MUSIC PROGRAM HEAD

“I found my niche in the community college because we have such a diverse student body. Some students are working toward associate degrees, while others just want to learn to sing or read music,” he said...more

 

Mark Denison

KATINA HARRIS-CARTER
PROFESSOR OF MICROBIOLOGY

“I love teaching at a community college because it’s so personalized,” she said. “We have people from all different backgrounds – people coming right out of college to people changing careers to people looking to improve upon their skills. You have the full spectrum and you’re able to learn from each other. They don’t just learn from me. I learn from them....more

 

Katina Harris-Carter

SEAN LACROIX
PROFESSOR OF THE YEAR

As teachers here, we are charged with helping students succeed, and that means being accessible and getting to know our students,” LaCroix said. “Every student comes with dreams and goals, and it’s a privilege to be part of helping them meet those goals, even if in some small way....more

 

 

Sean LaCroix

RODNEY CLAYTON
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF GEOPHYSICAL SCIENCE

“I see myself in a lot of students,” he said. “I always want to make sure I’m talking to them, not above them....more

 

 

Rodney Clayton

CHUCK THOMAS
FITNESS COORDINATOR AT PORTSMOUTH CAMPUS STUDENT CENTER

“We have to build a fitness culture around here,” he said. “The campuses aren’t used to having fitness on campus, so the biggest challenge is selling students on it, getting them to come in and use the facility. They don’t understand how fortunate they are to have it.”...more

 

 

Chuck Thomas

JENNIFER DIXON-MCKNIGHT
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF HISTORY

“I try to convey the information that I’m passionate about in different ways. I try to avoid having students nod off in class. It’s my goal to be the opposite of Ferris Bueller’s teacher,” she said with a laugh...more

Jennifer Dixon-McKnight