to our 2011 Student of the Year finalists. Get to know our finalists
and the Shasta College instructors who were an instrumental part in
their academic success.
NANCY HICKSON - Patricia Boone
My favorite communications teacher, Nancy Hickson challenged my
judgments, ideals and the way I interacted with the world that
surrounded me. She taught me how to speak eloquently and with power.
She encouraged me to continue to shoot for the stars and reminded me
that my dreams were possible. When the semester ended she began
volunteering her time as my speech coach for various engagements.
Anytime that I needed a little extra push, she was there. When we met I
was just a student in a communications class, now due to her
involvement I am a keynote speaker. Nancy Hickson is truly one of a
kind and has allowed me to find my voice within a supportive
DR. SARAH McCURRY - Janice Daniels
Sarah McCurry has impacted me to an incredible extent. After reading
"The Omnivor's Dilemma" in her class my first semester, and learning
about the importance of leading a healthy life, I decided to change my
own life and since then have lost 90 pounds. My entire life, I was
always the heavy kid who turned to food for comfort and I truly think
that without Sarah, I would not have taken that step to initiate a life
style change. She save me through her informative lectures and powerful
voice and I am truly thankful.
RALEIGH ROSS - Michael Hammer
The person who drives me
the hardest is Raleigh Ross. He has pushed me and pushed me, sometimes
to the point where I wanted to scream, but I continued on and it made me
a better student. His drive drove me.
LYNN KRAMER - Tabatha Lesher
My abnormal psychology
instructor Lynn Kramer has impacted me the most. Even thought the only
interaction she and I had was during class when she is lecturing, she
truly inspired me to be a great psychologist like herself. The passion
she has to help others and her determination to show students that
abnormality is everywhere, has given me that extra push to finish my
education and receive my degree.
ANITA MAXWELL - Ann Mauro
Anita Maxwell is the
Shasta College instructor that has impacted me the most. She has always
made time for me outside of the classroom and has written me countless
letters of recommendation. Her enthusiasm and excitement for the
subjects that she teaches is motivating and never lacking. Anita has
always had patience with me and has been very encouraging. She has
inspired me to dream big and to pursue all of my goals. I feel truly
fortunate to have such a strong, positive, female role model while
attending Shasta College. Much thanks goes to Mrs. Anita Maxwell.
DAVID WOODRUFF - Heather May
Mr. Woodruff, my first
math instructor here at Shasta College, made me realize math is fun, not
scary. Even though he wasn't my teacher for Math 101 and 102, he still
helped me keep advancing in math. All of my instructors have an impact
on my life because they have been a part of my journey, to make a
better life for my children and myself. I value them all.
JAMES CROOKS - Scott Noalan
Mr. Crooks has impacted
me the most from an instructors point of view. This instructor has
really helped me improve my English skills while attending college. My
other classes that require English skills have become easier to handle,
thanks to the efforts of myself and the English Instructor.
JOSH SCHWABAUER - Nancy Ortega
Mr. Schwabauer has helped
me one-on-one in Math 14. Math has always been my weakest subject
area. He set my mind at ease by helping me gain confidence and
knowledge which helped me not get too "stressed out" prior to a chapter
test. He explained things so I understood the material which allowed me
to understand my homework. He has been patient and very understanding
with me. I would recommend anyone who desires to take Math 14, take it
with Mr. Schwabauer. I guarantee an excellent experience!
HEATHER WYLIE - Roxanne Reyes
Heather Wylie has had a
tremendous impact on me continually since I began here at Shasta
College. I have not had the pleasure of taking one of her classes as my
association with her has been through Student Senate. In addition to
having a family with a young child, she manages to be available for her
students, teaches classes, and sits on many committees and boards,
continually striving to bring the most opportunities available to our
student body. She is leading the way in bringing service learning and
community engagement to this college as part of the offered curriculum.
I can't see how she does it and sleeps too, but because she can do it,
she gives me inspiration to drive on.
JOHN WHITMER - Elizabeth Ritter
Dr. Whitmer encouraged
his students to view all sides of political and life issues. He also
encouraged students to develop their distinct point of view about
politics and history. He encouraged us to continue our education.
JOHN LIVINGSTON - Brenda Rueter
The teacher who has the
most impact on me is John Livingston. Coming to Shasta College my goal
was to get a Heavy Equipment Certification and get back to work. John
Livingston changed my direction. His dedication to develop a student's
skill is above the rest. He encourages and strengthens your goal to
ensure your success. He isn't done there, he also has a way of
inspiring you to spread the news and training, teaching you to develop
others, which strengthens a student even more. I would not be as giving
as I am if John Livingston didn't teach the sky is the limit for you.
He'll make you believe it!
JOHN HARPER - Sarah Todd
My art instructor, Mr.
John Harper, impacted me the most through my experiences at Shasta
College. I met him in "Beginning Form Design and Color". At first I
thought I knew all about those things, but then I saw I was wrong. John
taught his class so well that I actually enjoyed the tedious work. I
also learned new terms such as organic and crystal graphic. He taught
very well with structure, but also left room for creativity. I think
the thing I liked the most about John's teaching style was his honesty,
it helped me get better.