09 Oct 2014

Three MDCC Instructors Recognized for Excellence in Teaching

2014 Lamplighter Award recipients announced

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MDCC’s 2014 Lamplighters pictured (L-R) are Debbie Poe, Teresa Webster, & Faye Stovall

Three Mississippi Delta Community College instructors were among the state’s best community and junior college faculty members honored at the prestigious Lamplighters Conference, hosted Sept. 23-25 by Coahoma Community College.

MDCC teachers Teresa Webster, Faye Stovall and Debbie Poe attended the annual three-day conference, themed Meeting at the Crossroads, for professional development, entertainment, fellowship and fun.

According to MDCC’s Vice-President of Instruction Carol Walden, each community college sends its best instructors to the conference each year. "I am so proud of these ladies for being selected by their peers for the Lamplighters Conference. I know they represented MDCC well at the conference,” she says.

Representing MDCC’s Health Sciences department, Debbie Poe of Indianola is currently in her 16th year at Mississippi Delta Community College. A sophomore nursing instructor in the Associate Degree Nursing Program, Poe earned her bachelor’s degree from Mississippi College and her master’s degree from the University of Mississippi. She and her husband, Jimmy, attend First Baptist Church.

Serving Career-Technical students as a healthcare data technology instructor, Faye Stovall also is a PBL Advisor and serves on MDCC’s curriculum committee. A native of Leland, she received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Delta State University and was inducted into Delta Mu Delta. Stovall and her husband, Lee, attend Leland Presbyterian Church where she serves as an elder.    

An MDCC employee for 24 years, honoree Teresa Webster serves as eLearning coordinator and teaches computer science. Webster earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Delta State University. She and her husband, Roland, reside in Sidon, and attend First Baptist Church in Greenwood. They have two children, Roland and Carrie.

The first Lamplighter Conference was held in 1989 with the goal of bringing in outstanding instructors who could share ideas. “Lighting the lamp” of the participants was to provide them the opportunity to return to their own schools and light the lamps of their fellow instructors. The conference is designed to recharge and invigorate faculty who shine on their individual campuses, while also providing an opportunity to recognize faculty who go above and beyond what is required. The program also gives effective instructors an opportunity to share with one another those teaching techniques that best promote learning.

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