LSC-Kingwood Announces Adjunct Excellence Winners

Published on: February 15, 2013

LSC-Kingwood Announces Adjunct Excellence WinnersLone Star College-Kingwood recently honored five instructors for their commitment to students and education with the Adjunct Excellence Award.

Rose Chute, Douglas Maraffa, Gwen McCormick, Claudine Simpson and Martin Urand were nominated by their colleagues and a final selection was made by a committee.

Maraffa has been an adjunct professor at LSC-Kingwood for four years. He currently teaches Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities through the Alternative Teaching Certification Program.

“By earning this award, I feel validated for the amount of time I spend and am inspired to work harder for the students,” he said.

Maraffa earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Stephen F. Austin State University and a Master of Science degree from Texas A&M-Commerce. During his career, he earned the Teacher of the Year Award from the Rosemont Elementary School in Dallas ISD and the Adjunct Faculty Award from Richland College in Richardson.

Since 2001, McCormick has taught online classes for LSC-Kingwood. She currently teaches courses for the Professional Office Technology and Microsoft Office Specialist certificates.

“I am so grateful for receiving this award.  I have taught for many years at the college and I absolutely love what I do.  This award is so appreciated,” she said.

Prior to teaching online, McCormick started out as a student worker in LSC-Kingwood’s Technology Department. She then became the faculty secretary and then the division secretary. McCormick earned a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts and received multiple certificates from Lone Star College.

A new adjunct instructor, Simpson teaches college success first year experience and learning framework first year experience. She has taught at LSC-Kingwood since August 2012.

“Words cannot express how I felt when I received this award. I was so elated that I was chosen for such a prestigious award,” she said. “Working at this college gives me such sense of peace as an educator. This institution offers excellent adjunct, faculty and staff support through online and face-to-face professional development.”

Simpson earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and Master of Education degree in Administration and Supervision from Sam Houston State University. She earned her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Supervision from Texas A&M University.

As a Kinesiology: Fitness for Life and Elementary Physical Education adjunct instructor, Urand has taught at LSC-Kingwood for six years.

“I was honored for the recognition,” he said. “I have taught at seven colleges and universities and LSC-Kingwood has the most progressive staff development program.”

Urand earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas-Pan American and his master’s degree from Sam Houston State University. He completed post graduate work at the University of Houston and earned his Doctor of Education degree from the University of Texas-Pan American. In addition to his education background, Urand earned the Teacher of the Year award at Benbrook Elementary and Ashford Elementary. He was recognized by the Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance with the Honor Award and the PEPI Award for Professionalism and Leadership. The Marty Urand Teacher of the Year Award in Spring Branch ISD was named in his honor and is given to the newcomer of the year.

The recipients received their award during the adjunct in-service. For more information on LSC-Kingwood, visit www.lonestar.edu/kingwood.

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Lone Star College System has been opening doors to a better community for 40 years. Founded in 1973, LSCS remains steadfast in its commitment to student success and credential completion. Today, with 78,000 students in credit classes, and a total enrollment of more than 90,000, Lone Star College System is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area and the fastest-growing community college system in the nation. Dr. Richard Carpenter is the chancellor of LSCS, which consists of six colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, LSC-Tomball and LSC-University Park, five centers, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.