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PAGE TWO • MARCH 16-22, 2017
Dedication to Students Earn Kudos for East County Colleges’ Faculty
EL CAJON — Two instructors at Cuyamaca College and a counselor at Grossmont College have been honored for their contributions to their campuses and commitment to student success. Theresa “T” Ford, a counselor and adjunct instructor at Grossmont College, received the President’s Leadership Award. At Cuyamaca College, math instructor Katherine Naimark and Child Development instructor and program coordinator Kristin Zink received the 2017 Awards for Teaching Excellence. “The deep and abiding commitment of our faculty to the success of our students shines through in all that they do,” said Cindy L. Miles, chancellor of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District. “The winners of these coveted awards exemplify what makes our instructors and counselors at both colleges so very special. Our fundamental mission is to serve students and they have made a difference in the lives of so many.”
‘Give Kids A Smile’ From left: Representative from Senator Joel Anderson’s office Tomoka Manji with Mike Koonce, San Diego Dental Society Executive Director.
For The East County Herald Stephen Harvey/Grossmont College photographer
Theresa “T” Ford, a counselor and adjunct instructor at Grossmont College, received the President’s Leadership Award for outstanding service to the college.
In a repeat of her 1997 win, Theresa “T” Ford is this semester’s recipient of the President’s Leadership Award, one of the Grossmont’s highest honors recognizing distinguished service to the college. She shared her plaudit 20 years ago with Claudia Thompson, counselor emerita, for her role in implementing a college success program targeting first-year students. Grossmont College President Nabil Abu-Ghazaleh described Ford as an innovative leader, a student-centered educator and an advocate for equity and diversity. In 2009 was selected for the Distinguished Faculty Award and also received an Excellence in Teaching Award. In 2007, she helped establish Umoja (an African word for unity), a learning resource at Grossmont College that is part of a statewide program designed to bolster African-American students with counseling support, peer mentoring, and cultural and educational field trips In her acceptance speech, Ford expressed her gratitude for working with dedicated coworkers at Grossmont College. A photo montage also paid tribute to many who mentored and nurtured her in her career as a counselor at the college since 1988 and as an adjunct instructor since 1995 in the English and Cross-Cultural Studies departments. Social justice is a running theme in Ford’s life. As a college student in Illinois, she worked on behalf of at-risk young people sentenced to the state’s correctional facilities. She served for a time as a legal researcher for the public defender’s office and a battered women’s legal clinic. Ford is also a certified mediator trained by the National Conflict
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At Cuyamaca College, Child Development instructor and program coordinator Kristin Zink is the recipient of the 2017 Award for Teaching Excellence for full-time faculty.
SANTEE — Children were smiling with their new, shiny, varnished teeth as they exited the annual ‘Give Kids A Smile’ event on Saturday, Feb. 25 held at various locations in San Diego County including Santee. San Diego Dental Health Foundation, First 5 San Diego, Share the Care, and Mountain Health Santee Family Medicine were recognized with Senate certificates of recognition by State Senator Joel Anderson for their heart-warming dedication to children ages one to eighteen with no dental resources. The event provided free check-ups, including dental sealants and fluoride varnish for the patients, as well as music, face painting and other activities, providing an overall bright atmosphere to the clinic. “It’s great that so many organizations and businesses in our community want to make sure our youth have access to dental health services and make it fun for the whole family to join the event.” said Anderson. The event also helps patients find dental homes, where they can get ongoing care. “It’s a fantastic opportunity for the people who are not bringing their kids to dental clinics, and it is a positive thing where they get some good oral care. We hope that it will have some long-term impact for these populations,” explained Mike Koonce, Executive Director of San Diego County Dental Society. Representative from First 5 San Diego, an organization that aims at promoting health and well-being of children during their first five years of development, noted her satisfaction of being able to give access to its resources to families who seek dental help through communal events like Give Kids A Smile. The event also offered education to parents and children on the importance of oral hygiene, such as educating them on what to eat, how to brush, and other useful information regarding dental care. One attendee, a single-mother who heard about this event through a flyer, thanked the organization for saving her money, especially for dental procedures like sealants that can cost her over one hundred dollars.
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At Cuyamaca College, math instructor Katherine Naimark is the recipient of the 2017 Award for Teaching Excellence for adjunct faculty. Resolution Center. She holds a bachelor’s in political science, two master’s degrees in ethnic studies and counselor education, and a doctorate in law from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego. She credits
her parents, Edwynne and Virginia Ford, who live outside Chicago, as her first mentors and role models. “Growing up, the walls of our
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EL CAJON — Grossmont, El Capitan and Helix High Schools presented J.V. and Varsity Gymnastics, Thursday March 9 at Grossmont High School. Lexi Riingen (cover) won first place in all three of her categories at her first competition. Congratulations to all the gymnists. Cover: Rob Riingen Cover design: Dee Dean / The East County Herald
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