Minnesota State Community and Technical College faculty members Ramona Heitmann and Cynthia Moore were named Outstanding Educators by the Minnesota State system during a ceremony April 18 in St. Paul.
They were among 26 community and technical college instructors system-wide who were honored for their excellence in teaching. All were nominated by their college presidents.
Heitmann, who teaches chemistry on the Fergus Falls campus, joined M State in 2006. She earned her bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and her master’s degree in environmental chemistry from the University of Minnesota.
Her award profile states that Heitmann is a warm, caring educator who fosters genuine relationships with her students, masterfully engaging, guiding and challenging them to be successful in the classroom and in their daily lives. This consummate professional has high expectations and an incessant drive for continuous improvement.
Cynthia Moore teaches in the nursing program on the Detroit Lakes campus. She earned practical nursing and Associate of Science nursing degrees from Fergus Falls Community College, and her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from Minnesota State University Moorhead.
Her award profile states that Moore ignites a passion in nursing students that helps them maintain sight of their goals, even when faced with competing priorities and the rigor of the program. This phenomenal educator creates an inclusive, welcoming classroom environment where students feel comfortable, respected and supported.
The two were recognized at the Celebrating Excellence luncheon sponsored by the Board of Trustees of the Minnesota State system of colleges and universities.