Program: Geographic Information Systems Technician
Education/Industry Certifications: Bachelor of Applied Science degree (summa cum laude); Associate of Applied Science degree, Computer Aided Design Drafting; Certificate of Proficiency, CADD-GIS/GPS; all from the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith
Has Taught at SCC Since: 2013
Years of Work Experience Outside SCC: 19. Sixteen years teaching at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith
Describe your teaching philosophy.
My philosophy is to be there for the student and to see things from a student’s perspective. To me there is no better gift to give to a student than to instill in them the idea that they can achieve any goal. Helping them to succeed in their classes and building confidence in their abilities makes teaching a rewarding career!
Why did you decide to teach at a community college?
I love teaching at a smaller college community where you can get to know everyone and work with students who are eager to learn so that they can start a career. Everyone helps everyone atmosphere.
What can prospective students expect when they enroll in your program?
The GIST Certificate program is a fast-pace, challenging program which is totally online. Students need to have good computer skills, be organized and have good time-management skills. All work is completed outside of a classroom, so a student needs to be disciplined enough to complete the assignments on their own time.
What experiences outside of SCC do you bring to the classroom/laboratory that enhance student learning?
I taught CADD/GIS for 16 years at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith. I’ve worked for the Army Corps of Engineers as a Civil Engineer Tech. I’ve worked seasonally at several national parks as a cartographic technician. I started my career after college at Arkansas Oklahoma Gas as a draftsperson. I’ve worked as a GIS technician for a land surveying firm.
What advice do you have for students pursuing a degree in your program?
Communication is key with online courses. I want students to know that I am there for them and to not hesitate to contact me regarding any questions or concerns they may have. I want them to succeed.
What do you enjoy most about working with students?
Their eagerness to learn and experiencing their happiness when they succeed at learning new skills.
What is the best part about being an SCC faculty member?
Everyone is super-nice and willing to help. It’s one big family.
What has been your proudest moment as an instructor?
Watching students walk across the stage receiving their degrees and seeing the big smile on their faces.
What do you like to do when you’re not teaching?
I like to camp and fish with my husband.
What would students be surprised to know about you?
I once had a 500-pound pet pig named Daisy.