Minnesota State Community and Technical College instructors Heidi Anderson and Bill Evans are being honored as 2016 Outstanding Educators for excellence in teaching.
Anderson is an instructor in the English Language Learner program on M State’s Moorhead campus, and Evans teaches science on the Wadena campus. They are among 35 Outstanding Educators statewide recognized by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.
The system-wide teaching award recognizes superior teaching at the state’s colleges and universities and encourages ongoing excellence in teaching.
Anderson taught ELL courses at the University of Minnesota Duluth for about a decade before joining the M State faculty in 2010 and recently completed her master’s degree in the field. There are about 100 students in the Moorhead campus ELL courses, which focus on reading, writing, listening and speaking.
“I love to see these students overcoming,” Anderson said of the ELL students. “They are overcomers. They teach me every day.”
Evans has been a science instructor on M State’s Wadena campus since 2004, primarily teaching students in the nursing program. While teaching full-time, he completed both the practical nursing and registered nursing programs so he could better understand what his nursing students needed to know.
“I never understood before how much nurses have to know and the pressure they are under to work quickly with what they know,” Evans said.
Anderson and Evans and their fellow Outstanding Educators will be honored during a luncheon in St. Paul on April 20 for their work in “providing instruction that prepares Minnesota’s college and university students for their professional, scholarly and civic lives.” All were nominated as Outstanding Educators by the presidents of their respective colleges based on nominations by students, faculty peers or staff.
MnSCU includes 24 two-year community and technical colleges and seven state universities serving more than 430,000 students. It is the fifth-largest higher education system of its kind in the United States.