Northwest Mississippi Community College mathematics instructor Jennifer Hale has been named the Mississippi Virtual Community College (MSVCC) Instructor of the Year.
“I was so excited to get this award,” Hale said. “I work so hard on my online classes, and it feels great to be recognized.”
Hale’s online courses include Intermediate Algebra, College Algebra, Business Calculus II, Calculus II, and Geometry. She is currently in her 15th year of teaching at Northwest.
Mississippi’s Academic Officers selected Hale as the state’s overall winner from a group of five finalists. Hale and the rest of the finalists will be recognized at a future Mississippi Association of Community Colleges (MACC) meeting. Additionally, the five finalists will be invited to attend the MACC lunch with their college representative, and each will also share their innovations and best practices in online teaching and learning during an MSVCC Academy webinar.
Hale expressed gratitude to Northwest’s eLearning department for trainings and opportunities that the department has provided. She also thanked her fellow math instructors at Northwest for the collaborative approach they take in sharing ideas and information.
Hale has previously been honored as the Tate County Economic Development Foundation’s Educator of the Year for Northwest. Her Calculus II online course was also recently Quality Matters certified.
“Jennifer is a great example of an online instructor being the best she can be,” said Phyllis Johnson, dean of eLearning. “Not only has she accomplished making her course a Quality Matters nationally recognized course, but she is taking additional training on how to be a better online instructor through Quality Matters. She is top notch in my book and very deserving.”
Hale received both her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Mississippi.
For more information about Northwest’s online programs, visit northwestms.edu.