Three Anoka-Ramsey Community College faculty members will be honored as Outstanding Educators for 2014 in April by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) Board of Trustees.
The three instructors are: Eric Anderson, Music; Lisa Lentner, Physical Therapist Assistant; and Cheryl Tefer, Nursing. The award acknowledges and rewards exceptional individual professional accomplishment and encourages ongoing excellence.
Nominated by Anoka-Ramsey President Kent Hanson, the faculty members will be among 30 MnSCU faculty members honored April 23 at an award ceremony to highlight excellence in teacher. Each outstanding educator will receive a hand-crafted silver medallion and framed certificate.
“These three instructors are emblematic of our outstanding faculty,” President Kent Hanson. “Using an objective, thorough, and competitive selection process, the college nominating committee conscientiously selected these faculty members as highly accomplished and valued faculty members.”
To be recognized as Outstanding Educators, they submit portfolios that demonstrate consistently exemplary teaching, and evidence of additional contributions to student learning and other teaching-related achievements, such as advising, mentoring, pedagogical development, and service to students, their college or university, and to the system.
Eric Anderson has been a faculty member at the Cambridge Campus since 2008, and has been involved with advancing innovative initiatives within the college. He currently serves as president-elect of the Minnesota Music Educators Association, the largest music education organization in the state. In 2011, he was instrumental in the success of the College Readiness Retreat. “To be effective, educators must be passionate about the subject matter they teach, and they must care deeply for the welfare and success of their students,” Anderson said. “To be a good educator, both of those aspects need to be present, with the addition of one more aspect: enthusiasm. Enthusiasm is the outward expression of passion.”
Lisa Lentner has been a full-time Physical Therapist Assistant faculty member at Anoka-Ramsey Community College for 13 years. A driving force in maintaining the college’s accreditation with the Commission on Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education, she also spearheaded the program’s Physical Therapy clinic. As for her teaching philosophy, she said: “I firmly believe that when students are putting time and effort into my classes but are still struggling academically, I have a responsibility to give them tools to help them be more successful.”
Cheryl Tefer has been a Nursing faculty member at Anoka-Ramsey Community College for more than 20 years. She has been a leader in developing curriculum for the Minnesota Alliance for Nursing Education, an innovative nursing education consortium to expand the capacity for baccalaureate-prepared nurses in Minnesota. Her philosophy of teaching “validates the worth and dignity of every student.”
No more than 75 faculty members are designated as Outstanding Educators in any year from among the system's more than 8,000 full-time faculty.