Faculty and Staff
Maribeth Stitt, professor and the director of the Dental Hygiene Program, has worked at Lone Star College-Kingwood for 10 years. After earning her graduate degree, she became a consultant for LSC-Kingwood's Dental Hygiene Program through the planning and development stages. In 2003, Stitt was hired as the program director.
"My current passion is changing lives," she said. "I have been involved in dentistry for more than 30 years; during the first 18 years, I was a dental hygienist in a private dental practice. I love paying those years of experience forward."
Stitt earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene from the Caruth School of Dental Hygiene at Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas and a Master of Education degree in Allied Health Education and Administration from the University of Houston. She earned her master's degree while teaching part time for the University of Texas Houston School of Dentistry Dental Hygiene Program. Her professional awards include: Minnie Piper Stevens Professor Nominee from LSC-Kingwood, NISOD Teaching Excellence and John and Suann Rouche League of Innovation Award.
Abigal Heller, Ph.D. assistant professor of speech joined LSC-Kingwood in 2005. Heller earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Wisconsin. She also obtained a Master of Arts degree in Literature from the University of Houston. Additionally, Heller earned a doctoral degree in Organizational Communication from the University of Texas at Austin.
Heller's prior experience include positions as a technical writer, business researcher, English professor at both the University of Houston and LSC-Kingwood and communications professor at the University of Texas, LSC-Kingwood and University of Houston, Downtown.
"The best part of my role is working with really amazing people, students and staff," explained Heller.
Office: CLB 102-H
Michael S. Moode, assistant professor of speech, joined LSC-Kingwood in 2013. Moode obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in organizational communication from Murray State University. He also holds a Master of Arts degree in organizational communication from the same institution. Moode is also a doctoral candidate studying organizational communication from The University of Texas at Austin.
Moode has been an adjunct professor at a number of institutions including Temple Junior College, Chapman University, California State University, Murray State University and various work assignments at Walt Disney World in Florida and California.
"Courses in speech communication deal with ideas and skills that are instrumental to personal and professional success. Being a facilitator/instructor in speech courses is particularly rewarding when students show a genuine drive for growth and learning," Moode explained. "It is special to be part of the process whereby individuals pursue a higher education; to earn students’ trust while witnessing them develop competencies that allow our community to entrust the future to them."
Office: CLB 102E