Two Three Rivers College professor’s have been named the college’s Teacher of the Year and Adjunct Teacher of the Year.
Three Rivers College announced Tuesday Elizabeth Deken, Professor of Engineering Technology, and Dr. Michael Malone, Adjunct Instructor in the Information Technology Specialist program, as the College’s Teacher of the Year and Adjunct Teacher of the Year.
The awards were presented at the Greater Poplar Bluff Area Chamber of Commerce Teacher of the Year Banquet.
“We’re proud to honor these educators who prepare the leaders of our community,” said Steve Halter, President of the Greater Poplar Bluff Area Chamber of Commerce. “We believe it’s important that education and business work together to train the future workers for our businesses.”
Deken said she focuses on helping students learn problem-solving skills in addition to subject skills in the technical and math classes she teaches.
“Learning is a lifelong process and helping students to see that education is important and doesn’t end with a degree or certificate is an important part of my approach to teaching,” said Deken, who has taught at TRC for 20 years. “Treating students with respect and setting learning expectations so that each student is challenged is also important in the approach I use with all of my classes.”
Deken has a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education, Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering, and Master of Science in Industrial Management.
Malone, who has taught at Three Rivers for three years, teaches classes in the Information Technology Specialist program, including Server Administration and Programming.
“I focus on three things: (1) prepare, prepare, prepare; (2) don’t be afraid to admit you’re wrong; and (3) if you don’t know something, admit it, say you’ll find out, and follow through,” Malone said.
Malone has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Software, a Master of Science in Computer Information Science, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Organization and Management, with a specialization in Information Technology Management.
“We’re extremely proud of the work that Liz and Mike have done in our classrooms,” said Dr. Wesley Payne, President of Three Rivers College. “They are examples of the excellence that all of our instructors display and the kind of high-quality education that our students receive.”