Two teachers from the Northern Wyoming Community College District were named recipients of teaching excellence awards from the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development.
They are Sheridan College science instructor Dr. Rachel Kristiansen and Gillette College diesel instructor Travis Grubb. The two were nominated by the faculty senate of Sheridan and Gillette colleges.
Kristiansen is a Sheridan native and is a full-time faculty member in the Sheridan College science department. She received her PhD in experimental psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2011. During her graduate career, she studied various species of whales and dolphins in the both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. She started at Sheridan College in 2010.
Dr. Mercedes Aquirre Batty is the Sheridan College dean of arts, humanities and social sciences. She said Kristiansen “is the kind of teacher who helps you draw out your passion for learning by bringing her own passion to the table. Her personality and approachable manner make her one of the favorites here on Sheridan campus.”
Grubb has taught at Gillette College for eight years. Jed Jensen, who's the dean of technical career education for the district said Grubb has made “immense contributions to the technical programs at Gillette College through his helpful demeanor as an educator, his enthusiasm and vast skill and knowledge.”
Both recipients plan to attend the national district conference this summer. Their names appear in the Excellence Awards Booklet and selected recipients are featured in the annual Excellence Awards DVD.