Albion and Medina, NY- The Albion and Medina Campus Centers of Genesee Community College are pleased to announce the Spring 2017 Students and Instructors of the Semester. Each semester, one student and one instructor at each campus center are awarded the honor for outstanding academic or teaching performance.
ALBION CAMPUS CENTER
Theresa Ames has been selected as the Spring 2017 Instructor of the Semester at the Albion Campus Center. Nominated by several students, each noted Theresa’s ability to know just when a student was struggling as revealed in the following nomination comments: “She may know we need help by the puzzled look on our face or the big exhale she might hear. She will sit down and explain the problem and give easy ways to remember how to work a problem.” “She seems interested in my future and encourages me to do my best,” noted one student while another shared that, “She always makes me feel more confident about achieving my goals.” A graduate of Albion High School, Theresa attended Alfred University and SUNY Brockport for her Bachelor of Science and Master of Education degrees. She currently teaches at Royalton Hartland High School, and MAT 091 and MAT 092 for Genesee Community College. Theresa enjoys spending time with Floyd the Corgi and her hobbies include gardening and crocheting rugs. She notes that her favorite TV program is Blue Bloods and that her most recent favorite books include The Shack and The Purpose of a Dog. When considering her most rewarding teaching experience, Theresa noted that, “Any time I see a light go on in a student’s eyes, I feel rewarded.” Theresa resides in Albion, New York.
Andrew Dusett has been selected as the Spring 2017 Student of the Semester at the Albion Campus Center. As his nominating instructor explained, “Andrew is a fantastic contributor to class. He answers almost every question I’ve put to the class and his opinions and insights into class topics have elevated the classroom discussions and often helped to move the focus to a new area. Andrew is not shy in expressing his dissenting opinion about something, but it is rarely a short retort. It often carried the groundwork for more detailed discussion and can build toward a new class consensus on issues.” Andrew is a full-time Criminal Justice major who has completed a co-op experience with the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department. He cites sports, the outdoors and his parents as major influences in his life. Anticipating graduation in May, he hopes to take Civil Service exams until he secures a position as a police officer. Andrew resides in Waterport, New York.
MEDINA CAMPUS CENTER
Kevin Gardner has been selected as the Spring 2017 Instructor of the Semester at the Medina Campus Center recognizing his efforts in teaching Introduction to Composition and College Composition. Kevin has also taught Introduction to Grammar and Paragraph Mastery, as well as Composition of Natural and Social Sciences in past semesters, and English as part of the Summer Upward Bound Program. Student nomination comments include: “Throughout the semesters that I have had Mr. Gardner for English, I have grown so much as a writer.” “Mr. Gardner is a very caring instructor.” As a long time construction worker, Kevin has stated that he wished he would have started teaching earlier in his career. He has three children and two grandchildren, as well as a cat named Chester. He earned a AAS degree in Data Processing from SUNY GCC, and his BA and MA degrees in English with a concentration in Creative Writing from SUNY Brockport. Kevin enjoys writing poetry, singing and taking care of his lawn. When asked what his most rewarding teaching experiences are, he said “Meeting former students a couple years later as they are getting their degree.” His one piece of advice to new instructors is, “Be honest!” When asked about his feelings regarding GCC’s Medina Campus Center, he said, “All the people at the Medina Campus Center really care about student success.” Kevin resides in Brockport, New York.
April Kubiniec has been selected as the Spring 2017 Student of the Semester at the Medina Campus Center. April’s major is currently Health Studies as she awaits acceptance into the Nursing Program. She plans to graduate in Spring 2019, and she is striving to obtain Wound Care Certification. She currently works at the Newfane Rehabilitation and Health Care Center. In 2016, April was awarded the “Caring Heart Award” by the NYS Health Facilities Association. She enjoys spending time with her family, including her husband Joseph and their two children, Kasey and Haleigh. She also enjoys traveling with her husband as he participates in dirt track and sprint car racing. Among the nomination comments about April: “She will go far in the Nursing profession.” “She performs at a high level on all assignments. She is very helpful, especially in lab where she helps others in her group who may be struggling with both the procedure and content. She is a pleasure to teach.” When asked what advice she has for new students, she responded, “Your future is in your hands. Anything worth having isn’t easy.” April resides in Lockport, New York with her family.
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Editor’s Note: For photographs of the Medina and Albion Campus Center instructors and students of the semester please go to:
- Albion Campus Center Instructor of the Semester, Theresa Ames with Jim Simon, associate dean of the Medina and Albion Campus Centers.
- Albion Campus Center Student of the Semester, Andrew Dusett
- Medina Campus Center Instructor of the Semester, Kevin Gardner
- Medina Campus Center Student of the Semester, April Kubiniec