July 23, 2009


Two Faculty Members Complete 2009 Master Teacher Experience

Dr. Sharon Totten and Rachel Walker represented Northeast Alabama Community College recently as two-year college instructors from throughout the state gathered for the 9th Alabama Master Teacher Experience. The event, held in Rainsville at Northeast Alabama Community College the week of July 12-16, is designed to bring together teachers from the Alabama Community College System for an intensive week of focus on instructional innovations, motivational techniques, situational problem-solving, contextual learning, and information exchange.

A product of the System’s Teaching & Learning Initiative, the Master Teacher event is designed as a professional development experiential learning event developed by teachers for teachers. Participants gain cross-disciplinary experiences; therefore, Totten, who teaches mathematics, and Walker, who teaches medical assisting, had the opportunity to learn from and teach academic, healthcare, and technical instructors. This type of experience exposes instructors to best practices in a multitude of disciplines, bringing fresh solutions to age-old problems faced in unique fields.

Under the direction of Dr. Ron Van Houten of Central Alabama Community College, the program has previously been hosted by Bevill State Community College, Jacksonville State University, and Lurleen B. Wallace Community College. This year, presidential oversight for the program was accepted by Dr. David Campbell, president of Northeast Alabama Community College. Campbell participated in the Virginia Master Teacher Seminar as a faculty member more than 10 years ago, and worked with other state leaders to bring the annual event to Alabama.

“The dedication of Dr. Campbell, the faculty and staff of Northeast, and the volunteer faculty members who served as staff members for this program have combined to make this year’s Master Teacher a truly inspirational and enlightening experience for participants,” Van Houten said. “Sharon and Rachel were valuable contributors to this week’s event, and I am certain that other faculty members from Northeast Alabama Community College will benefit from their participation.”

(L-R) Wilma Quarker-Smith, Reid State Technical College, Master Teacher Historian, is shown with Alabama Master Teacher Experience Class of 2009 member Dr. Sharon Totten and Dr. David Campbell, NACC President.

Alabama Master Teacher Experience Class of 2009 member Rachel Walker (center) is congratulated by Dr. David Campbell, NACC President, and Wilma Quarker-Smith, Reid State Technical College, Master Teacher Historian.