“Teaching is the profession that teaches all the other professions.” – Author Unknown
As we rapidly approach the end of another quarter, many of you are probably putting the finishing touches on that last paper or cramming for that big final. However, while you’re anxiously waiting for summer break to arrive, two of our extraordinary instructors at Globe University-Online are prepping for the next phase in their own lives: retirement.
We sat down with business program instructor Cheryl Powers and medical assisting instructor Nancy Hislop to talk about some of their most memorable moments in teaching as well what they’ll be doing in their free time.
What will you miss most about teaching?
Working at Globe University-Online has been a pleasure and an honor. It is a wonderful place to work since we provide so much care to our students! I look forward to staying connected with the staff and students by teaching one class per quarter during my retirement. Feel free to say, “Hi!”
How will you spend your newfound free time?
Among the greatest blessings in my life are my three granddaughters. Along with my wonderful husband and four children, they are the joy of my life. So I hope to spend lots of time with them having tea parties, going to the park, and just “smelling the roses.”
Dean of Faculty, Kristen O’Connell, on Cheryl’s career at Globe:
Cheryl has been teaching with Globe since October of 2007. During that time, it became quite evident to administration and to students that there was something special about how Cheryl instructed. Cheryl exhibits the “We Care” philosophy in all that she does. She is one of the first to respond to help mentor a new instructor, help a student succeed or to discuss new initiatives with management.
Cheryl really is an ideal employee and her amazing work in our Communications and Business courses has helped numerous students to fulfill their educational dreams.
What is something YOU learned during your tenure as an online teacher?
When I began teaching online, I knew that online education was an innovative delivery system, and I looked forward to trying this new type of teaching. I found that it provided an ideal environment for interacting with each student individually, for looking at the challenges facing that particular student, and for tailoring each student’s learning experience specifically to him/her. I learned to teach by asking questions rather than by lecturing. Questioning is recognized as the preferred method of helping students develop higher level thinking skills, but was not my preferred teaching method in a residential setting. I am very happy to have had the opportunity to develop that skill.
How do you plan to spend your free time?
Now I am looking forward to spending more time with my husband and family and to traveling. This summer, we have trips planned to the North Shore, Alaska, North Dakota, and I have a trip planned to New Mexico with friends. It will be good to relax!
I will also be subbing in our local high school, volunteering with our school nurses, and teaching GED classes, so I am not giving up contact with education!
Dean of Faculty, Kristen O’Connell, on Nancy’s career at Globe:
Nancy began teaching with Globe-Online in 2004. During her time with us, she has really set the bar for how an extraordinary instructor should be measured. She has always made sure the students, their education and their online experience are at the forefront of everything that she does. Nancy really enjoys the interaction that she has with her students and she is always adding different resources, volunteering to mentor faculty, and responding quickly to email.
I will miss the high level of instruction and work ethic that she exuded during her years online. She really is a one-in-a-million faculty member. I am so thankful she chose to spend her time and experience with our students.