2014 STUDENT OF THE YEAR FINALISTS HIGHLIGHTS
to our 2014 Student of the Year finalists. Get to know our finalists
and the Shasta College instructors who were an instrumental part in
their academic success.
KEN NOLTE – Brandon Campbell
The instructor who has had the most impact on my
academic success is Ken Nolte. On a weekly basis, I went to Ken's office while
he was attempting to get his work done, and his door was always open. He took
the time to get to know me as an individual and encouraged me to be the best
student I could be.
Without his direction and support I would not be where
I am today. Ken also has been greatly involved in our Natural Resources Club,
attending meetings and promoting club activities. His involvement and
dedication served as an example of the kind of a person I want to be
academically and professionally. The
fact that Ken encouraged and believed in me means a great deal. Thank you Ken!
DR. DIVAN FARD – Camille
Dr. Fard has been a positive influence on my life and made
a great impact on my academic success from the first day I met him. From the
moment I introduced myself, he believed in me and the genuineness I felt from
him encouraged me to carry a positive attitude toward my overall education.
Each day, I was captured by his enthusiasm, friendliness, knowledge of
chemistry, and his passion for teaching.
I always loved to learn, but not until I had Dr. Fard
as an instructor did I fully believe in my capabilities as a student. My
success at Shasta College is not only a reflection of who I am, but a greater
reflection of the faith Dr. Fard had in me. To this day he shares nothing but
kind, positive and influencing words that help me continue my success as a
student. I am so very grateful that Shasta College has instructors such as Dr.
Fard to influence and enlighten each student.
KAUFFMANN – Brenda Heard-Duncan
I have had many wonderful instructors over the past 3
years, but the one who has had the most impact on my academic success has been
Mrs. Kauffmann. I was in her English 190 class last semester.
Mrs. Kauffmann took the time to explain things to me
after class so that I never had to go home without understanding our daily
lessons or how to do the homework. If there was any part of our lesson that we
did not understand she would go over and over it until the whole class
When I had personal problems at home, I always felt
Mrs. Kauffmann really cared about the outcome. She has been the best instructor
I have ever had. After taking her class, I became a much better writer than I
thought I ever could be. I am forever grateful to her for taking the time to
help me understand and retain the information she was teaching in her class.
McCURRY – Crystal Johnson
I had Dr. McCurry for English 1A last semester, one of the many English classes she teaches. I chose her as the teacher who most influenced my academic success because I admire her in many ways. This lady is dedicated to her job and her students. I have seen her truck parked on campus on a Sunday! She has a young daughter and somehow manages to juggle her roles as a mother, wife, professor, friend, and gardener. She gathers stacks of essays, some half-heartedly written and puts her all into correcting them, making sure her students are getting the most out of their education. She is kind, cleaver and just real; she makes it easy to learn because she treats her students as equals.
The topic she covered in English 1A really provoked some life changing thought for me as well. We discussed and studied various aspects of nutrition and that led me into deeper investigations on my own. We also talked about the importance of rowing your own food and seed saving. As a result my son and I are starting our first garden. Because of this woman, I am no longer intimidated by a thesis statement and am confident that I can write a quality college level essay.
CORDOBA – Cammellia Lopez
Senora Corodoba was a very caring teacher; she made me
work hard and was very fair. I remember thinking “gosh why is she so hard on
us”, but you know what else I remember, I earned an “A” in her class and that
was the best because I knew how hard I had worked for it. She was always easy to
talk to and she honestly cared about her students and wanted them all to
succeed. I think she is a great instructor
and I am glad I had the chance to be in her class. What I learned from her was that
no matter how hard the class is, if you put in the time and the effort, you can
DR. LAUREN HOLLINGSWORTH – Bridget
One professor who has been the most influential to me at Shasta College is the English instructor, Lauren Hollingsworth. As a student in her English 1C, I was able to greatly improve my critical thinking, reasoning, and writing skills. Her course was rigorous and required many hours of reading and writing papers, but she made the class time enjoyable and kept students engaged during lectures. I always remember her being willing to go over a paper with you before you had to turn it in and willing to spend hours on one paper to help you succeed. Instructor Hollingsworth was an exceptional education and in addition, she has supported me by writing multiple letters of recommendation for jobs and universities. Professor Hollingsworth is an excellent asset to her students as well as to the English department.
DR. SCOTT CROES – Shaylee Nannery
Dr. Croes is exemplary example of how an instructor
should conduct a class. His enthusiasm
for teaching is motivational and encouraging.
I believe that in order to teach a subject to a student, one must be
passionate, organized and patient. Dr.
Croes possesses all of these qualities.
His passion for teaching sets the environment for a truly successful
educational journey. Science has never
been a great subject for me, but I have found myself excited to go to class
because I am learning. I appreciate the
experience Dr. Croes has provided and I hope that other instructors appreciate
his style as well.
MARGARET SAVAGE – Christina Sain
Mrs. Savage is an instructor that truly cares about
her students. Going into physiology, I was full of fear, fear of not being
smart enough and fear the everyday challenges of dealing with my daughter's
Mrs. Savage was helpful, caring and her teaching was
organized and clear. She made herself available to me and other students and
she made physiology interesting to learn.
I have chosen Mrs. Savage because she believed in me
and encouraged me to push through whatever was coming my way. She always asked
how I was and how my daughter was feeling. Not only did I have an amazing
instructor, I also gained a friend and she has impacted my life in so many
BELINDA HANSON – Joseph Soto Hockenberry
Professor Hanson helped me achieve academic success in
a number of ways. First, in both the two and three-dimensional design courses,
she guided me to create my best work through her excellent instructional
approach which is both supportive and critical. She provided me with honest
criticism, but she has a talent for phrasing it in a way that is not personally
offensive. She has also provided me with a lot of encouragement, and her belief
in me is contagious, to the point that it has helped me to ignore the overly-critical and self-doubting thoughts
I have about my ability as an artist.
Second, Professor Hanson has helped me outside of
class as well. I know she is extremely busy and has very little spare time, but
she never hesitated to help me when asked. She has answered numerous questions
regarding artists, artwork and the process of creating art. She has given me
insightful advice on creating a portfolio, pursing a graduate degree, and
career pursuits. She took the time to write me a letter of recommendation and
complete a multiple page evaluation of me for a scholarship.
Finally, Professor Hanson has been there for me when I
needed someone to talk to while I was dealing with a personal matter. She
listened to my concerns with empathy, which helped me to overcome the negative
emotions I was experiencing at the time.
Professor Hanson has had an extremely positive
influence in my life, and instructors like her are the reason why I have had
academic success in college. She truly cares about her students, and is
sincerely interested in guiding them on a journey of self-discovery and
personal growth, which has fueled my motivation to push myself to the best of
BOB BITTNER – Lynette Wilkie
I entered Math 102 previously and had to drop it in order to wait for Mr. Bittner. His technique in teaching was geared to my understanding. He would continue to put examples on the board until I found a way that worked for me. He was always available to answer questions after class or during his office hours. I'd like to take this moment to express my gratitude by saying, "Thank you!"