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Dianna Forrest named Outstanding Adjunct Faculty

Dianna Forrest is shown with Martha Tucker, Associate Professor of Early Childhood and Reading, who nominated her, and Dr. Chris Ezell, Vice President, Academic and Student Services.

DANVILLE, VA, Sept. 2, 2014 – Dianna Forrest, an adjunct faculty member in Early Childhood Development department, has been named recipient of Danville Community College’s 2014 Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Award. She receives a plaque and a monetary award from the Danville Community College Educational Foundation. Recipients of the award are nominated by a colleague, supervisor or student, and chosen by a selection committee. Selection is based upon job performance criteria. Tucker nominated Forrest for the outstanding adjunct faculty award.

“I am very appreciative of being recognized by this award,? Forrest stated. “My goal as an educator is to make a difference in the lives of young children, and if I can do this through my teaching in the Early Childhood Development program, I am grateful.?

Martha Tucker, Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education and Reading, nominated Forrest for the outstanding adjunct faculty award.

“With over 30 years of experience in the field of early (child) care and education, I feel confident that Dianna is deserving of the Adjunct Faculty Member of the Year award,? wrote Tucker in her nomination letter. “She has the organizational skills, professional knowledge and practical leadership abilities needed to accomplish the varied tasks of promoting student learning and does it effortlessly.?

Forrest has been an adjunct faculty member at DCC since 2001. Additionally, she and her husband, Mike, are owners of Families First Children’s Center on the DCC campus and the child care center at Danville Regional Medical Center. Both sites serve as learning labs for DCC Early Childhood and Nursing program students.

“These sites add to my teaching skills of being able to give first-hand knowledge and examples of young children’s needs and growth,? Forrest elaborated. “It also allows me to expand my classroom to actual hands on settings and activities. I am grateful for what the staff of the Child Care Centers adds to the DCC Early Childhood student experience.?

The outstanding adjunct faculty member has always worked in the field of early childhood development and education. During her time as a student, Forrest recalls having “caring, yet educationally-focused? teachers who played a role in helping her attain her career goals; and today, she is glad to pay it forward by helping DCC students be successful.

“Many times our DCC students need a helping hand in believing in themselves in order to be successful. I hope encouragement is what I can offer to each one,? Forrest said. “I feel rewarded in my efforts when I see a student offering a kind word to a child or giving them the ideas and suggestions to complete a task. As our professional organization states, ‘Younger Years are Learning Years,’ and we can make a difference.?


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