Northeast Alabama Community College (NACC) recently hosted the 16th annual Alabama Master Teacher Experience (AMTE). College faculty from sixteen Alabama community colleges met at Goose Pond Colony Resort on Sunday afternoon to begin a week-long exchange of teaching and learning.
The Master Teacher Movement, established in 1962, by Roger Garrison, brings faculty together to collaborate on effective teaching strategies and classroom challenges in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. Instructors participated in morning, afternoon, and evening teaching sessions that culminated in discipline-specific presentations. Faculty had the opportunity to meet other instructors, strengthen the bond between community colleges, and to explore new ways to engage students in the classroom.
Northeast has been the selected campus site for the program and activities for many years. Sessions were held on the Northeast campus as well as various venues in DeKalb and Jackson counties.
NACC President Dr. David Campbell stated: “We are very pleased to serve once again as host for this program. It is a very valuable experience for the faculty members who participate – one of those things that can be a highlight in someone’s career. I know the participants are appreciative to the college Presidents and schools who provide them with this opportunity.”
Kristy White, Director of the Alabama Master Teacher Experience, said, “Dr. David Campbell, President of Northeast Alabama Community College, is a gracious host to the Master Teachers program. The amount of time he allows his faculty and staff to focus on the participants and guest services they provide make this an event of a lifetime for many of the participants. He is also very gracious with our budget. The registration fee for participants do not cover the expenses incurred during that week, and Dr. Campbell graciously allows us to go above and beyond to make this the best teaching experience possible. We are very appreciative for everything he has made possible for this program.”
Campbell noted that a number of businesses throughout the area had made donations or loaned services to the program. “Logistically, the program is a rather involved undertaking, so we are very thankful for all the help we’ve gotten not only from our staff but from our local citizens and businesses,” he said.
While participating in the program, the instructors and staff enjoyed many activities planned that permitted them to see some local attractions in the NACC area, such as the Goosepond Colony and Resort and Gorham’s Bluff. They enjoyed a boat ride on the Tennessee River and dinner at The Docks restaurant, as well as attending the college’s theatre production/dinner. For some participants, this was their first visit to Northeast Alabama and after having seen the area, they stated that they wanted to return to spend more time in such a beautiful part of the state.
The NACC participants included Marilyn Dalton and Dana Garner who represented the Northeast faculty in the program. Joan Reeves, NACC Instructor, served as one of the program staff members. The Committee assisting in organizing and conducting the event included: Mrs. Heather Rice (Chair), Ms. Chasley Bellomy, Mr. Ross Boydston, Mrs. Nicole Carroll, Mrs. Julise Clement, Ms. Patricia Combs, Dr. Julia Everett, Mr. Brad Fricks, Ms. Paige Gentle, Mr. Chad Gorham, Dean Sherie Grace, Mrs. Jane Hopson, Mr. Kent Jones, Ms. Andrea Okwu, Ms. Joan Reeves, Ms. Brenda Stringer, Dr. Sharon Totten, and Mr. Nicky Willmon.
“There is a lot of planning for the Master Teachers for my committee of 17 and me,” said Heather Rice, Chair of the Master Teachers planning committee. “These people are working and attending many events outside of their usual work hours just for the attendees to enjoy Master Teachers. The Master Teachers event would not be possible without the help of this committee.”
Campbell added, “Our staff, as always, did just a tremendous job with helping organize this program. They know how to get things done and they are always so personable with everyone. I couldn’t be more proud of them for the work they do.”
For more information about Master Teachers, contact Kristy White at 334-488-1770 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about Northeast, visit the college’s website at www.nacc.edu . Download the college’s free App at the Apple App Store or by going to www.naccmobile.com. Call 256-638-4418 or 256-228-6001.