In an announcement at South Campus earlier today, President Ron Langrell surprised technical high school faculty member Ed Young with the 2015 Exceptional Faculty Award. This award is given to a faculty member who demonstrates exemplary work performance, a positive impact on students, and a professional commitment to Bates Technical College. The selection committee unanimously approved this year’s nomination.
The Bates Foundation and selection committee would also like to commend the following faculty who are 2015 Exceptional Faculty Award finalists:
- Tom Newman, Industrial Electronics and Robotics Technician instructor
- Brian Parker, Digital Media instructor
- Emmett Peterson, Information Technology instructor
Ed has been a member of the Bates faculty for nearly two decades. He primarily teaches history and social studies but has also been known to branch out and teach English, science and math, when needed.
In Ed’s nomination packet, colleague Lexine Torres wrote, “Ed Young epitomizes the mission and vision of Bates Technical College. He is a dynamic, yet humble instructor who goes to great lengths to help students achieve their educational endeavors. He not only inspires, challenges, and educates students; he genuinely cares about them as individuals. His classroom is a safe and nurturing environment where students are free to express themselves without fear of ridicule. Mr. Young has a unique way of meeting each student exactly where they are in the learning process and to help them to cultivate their educational, career, and life goals. He plants the seed and often guides them to unlock the door to their true potential.”
Instructor Mary Ward shared that, “Ed Young gives students purpose and often appears to be the compass that students need to find their way. His openness and his honest, no-nonsense approach appeals to many of the students who have passed through his classroom doors.”
The Exceptional Faculty Award is made possible through an endowed trust fund established by the Washington State Legislature and by donations from the Bates Technical College Foundation. As this year’s honoree, Ed will receive an award to attend the 2015 National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence, held May 23-26, 2015 in Austin, TX. At the conference, Ed will have the opportunity to attend the Excellence Awards Dinner and Celebration with hundreds of other award recipients from across the nation.