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2012 FACES OF TCC

 

SUKI TOOLEY
ENGLISH PROFESSOR FINDS NICHE AT TCC

"I always planned to work with books in some dusty setting, but after teaching my first class as a graduate student, I was hooked." ...more

Suki Tooley

LILLIAN BAILEY
PROGRAM HEAD FOR THE ACADEMY FOR NONPROFIT EXCELLENCE

“I love what we do, and that’s because I have deep, abiding respect for those working to improve life in our community through the nonprofit sector,” Bailey says. “Their hearts are huge, the way they care for one another is amazing, and they are passionate about their organizations and what they do.” ...more

Lillian Bailey

MECCA MARSH
DIRECTOR OF NORFOLK STUDENT CENTER

"I come from a family of educators, so this is a family business. I come to work every day with the goal of teaching, guiding and mentoring the students who I encounter," she says...more

Mecca Marsh

PETER AGBAKPE
PROFESSOR OF MATHEMATICS

Agbakpe urges students having any kind of math or science issues to come to him. He admits he has high standards, but notes, “I am very, very approachable. I want to help. That’s what I’m here for.” ...more

Peter Agbakpe

DAVID WRIGHT
PROFESSOR OF PHYSICS AND ASTRONOMY

“The fact that they pay me is really a bonus; I get to play with all these toys,” Wright says. “I like trying to get students excited about science. That’s why I do a lot of the crazy things I do. I try to keep my energy level up while teaching. I make it a discussion instead of just talking at them.” ...more

David Wright

MARGARET DUTTON
SUPPORT STAFF EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR

A firm believer in TCC, Dutton recommends the college often and two of her three children are TCC alums. "This place has been my home away from home, and the people here have seen me through some highs and lows," Dutton says...more

Margaret Dutton

DAVID STEINHAUER
PROFESSOR OF COMPUTER-AIDED DRAFTING AND DESIGN

Steinhauer is particularly proud of the relationship the college has with industry. In addition to regular college credit classes, TCC is among two dozen training centers nationwide for Autodesk, a design software for construction, manufacturing, building and engineering. Almost all of the other certified training centers are private companies...more

David Steinhauer

PHYLLIS GOWDY
PROFESSOR OF THE YEAR

Phyllis Gowdy was "humbled and surprised" to be named TCC's Professor of the Year for 2012 by her colleagues. "Teaching is what I love, and this honor inspires me to keep reaching students and helping to make their dreams come true," Gowdy says...more

Phyllis Gowdy

JUDY GILL
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF MATHEMATICS

Judy Gill sees the world through the lens of mathematics. When looking at a blue sky, she thinks about planets and elliptical orbits. The ocean tides bring trigonometry functions to mind. “It’s a universal language and we can understand each other through math,” Gill says...more

Judy Gill

MARY PARZYNSKI
VETERAN BENEFITS ADVISOR: MOTIVATED BY VETERANS' SUCCESS

A proud veteran of the United States Coast Guard, Mary Parzynski believes in “treating everyone right.” She says, “There's a camaraderie of sorts among those connected to the military and that continues even after leaving the service.” ...more

Mary Parzynski

CINDY BIRD
ACCOUNTING PROFESSOR: SHE EVEN MAKES ACCOUNTING FUN

“I tell my students that preparing taxes is like a game,” said the TCC accounting professor. “The object is to pay your lowest legal minimum tax, so you learn the rules and you plan your transactions to arrive at your lowest total.”...more

Cindy Bird

RICK ALLEY
POET AND TEACHER: ENGAGING A GENERATION

English Instructor Rick Alley knows what it's like to look at a blank screen before beginning to write. A published poet, Alley tells his students that he is a comrade of sorts, one making the writing journey with them...more

Rick Alley

ERIC HAYES
PROFESSOR OF CHEMISTRY

Professor Eric Hayes’ classes sizzle, bubble and include colorful controlled eruptions. Bringing chemistry to life, he routinely demonstrates chemical reactions by conducting safe experiments during lecturs... more

Eric Hayes

ANNE PINKERTON
PROFESSOR OF BIOLOGY/HEALTH

Biomedical scientist Anne Pinkerton's love of experiential learning led her to develop internships at the Virginia Zoo and Nauticus, a maritime learning center. She also supports learning excursions to the Chesapeake Bay where... more

Anne Pinkerton

GABRIELA TOLETTI
PROFESSOR OF SPANISH

Gabriela Toletti, professor of Spanish, brings a rich combination of cultural awareness and innovative teaching to the classroom. A native Spanish speaker, Toletti was born and raised in Montevideo, Uruguay. Her areas of expertise include Hispanic theater, Latin American literature and culture, multicultural issues... more

 

Gabriela Toletti

JAMES O’BRIEN
VIRGINIA PROFESSOR OF THE YEAR
(News Release)

James P. O’Brien, psychology professor and co-author of numerous research articles, received the prestigious Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching 2010 Virginia Professor of the Year award and the 2011 Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award by the State Council of Higher Education... more

 

James O'Brien