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Professor of the Year, Special Achievement, Administrator of the Year




Left to right, Nita Wood and Ann Louise Johnston

NORFOLK, Va. – (May 2, 2006) – Tidewater Community College has recognized three of its own with special awards in 2006.

  • Professor of the Year Award - Suffolk resident Ann Louise Johnston, professor of English and of English as a Second Language, received this highly prized peer award established by the TCC Faculty Senate to recognize excellence in teaching. Johnston, who has served 12 years at TCC as the former dean of the Languages and Speech Division at the Virginia Beach Campus, and currently as an ESL instructor, has shown dedication to working with a wide range of students, especially those studying English as a Second Language. Dr. Johnston has published articles in international journals on Mongolian literature, Turkish dialects, ESL pedagogy and the history of American English. A former Fulbright scholar in Turkey, she is also an award-winning photographer and active quilter.
  • Special Achievement Award - Chesapeake resident Nita Wood, languages and speech professor, received this peer award given by the TCC Faculty Senate to recognize accomplishments that go above and beyond the call of duty. At TCC for seven years, Wood has earned renown for innovation and excellence in outreach and mentoring to students. Currently, she directs the Portsmouth Campus’ Writing Center. In addition to the achievement award, she was recently nominated for Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.
  • Administrator of the Year Award - Portsmouth citizen John L. Skrobiszewski, dean of languages, mathematics and science at the Portsmouth Campus, received this award given in recognition of contributions that advance the college’s mission and goals and promote opportunities for leadership, training and mentoring among TCC employees and students. Noting his nickname of “Mr. TCC,” award nominators cited his devotion to advancing student achievement, developing partnerships to expand opportunities for students and the college, and providing service in the community. He is a member and a past president of the Churchland Rotary Club and on the board of Starbase Atlantis which provides special training in math and science for sixth graders in the Portsmouth city school system.

TCC announced the award winners during the annual College Awards and Recognition Program, held April 20 in the TCC Jeanne and George Roper Performing Arts Center.


Laurie White
Media Relations

Tidewater Community College is the second largest of the 23 community colleges in the Commonwealth of Virginia, enrolling more than 37,000 students annually. The 37th largest in the nation’s 1,600 community-college network, TCC ranks among the 50 fastest-growing large community colleges. Founded in 1968 as a part of the Virginia Community College System, the college serves the South Hampton Roads region with campuses in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach as well as the TCC Jeanne and George Roper Performing Arts Center in the theater district in downtown Norfolk, the Visual Arts Center in Olde Towne Portsmouth and a regional Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach. Forty-four percent of the region’s residents attending a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC. For more information, visit