Excellence Awards Recipient Detail Information

Kay Blalock
Professor, History,
St. Louis Community College
Recipient YouTube Video: kbvideo.mp4
Statement:  Every time I walk into the classroom it’s a new adventure. How many people have the opportunity to regularly meet new challenges, to learn from others, and to grow both personally and professionally in the course of their work? And get paid to do what they like to do. Of course, it’s the students who inspire me, who motivate me. Strategies for success? Words of wisdom? Don’t be afraid to let students know you’re human—that you can make mistakes, that you don’t have all the answers, that you have a passion for doing what you do and for sharing your excitement with them. Push them to not be afraid to ask questions, to think about possibilities, to recognize that the study of history is not just about the past but also about understanding the present and preparing for a better future.

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