Excellence Awards Recipient Detail Information

Barbara Handley-Miller
Professor of Communication,
Delta College
Statement:  I can see a much younger me twenty years ago, breathing deeply and thinking about that next class in less than an hour. In making the career change from television journalism to teaching, I was confident I could handle the more "predictable" classroom. But now, faced with the reality, I was thinking, “Barb, What did you get yourself into?” And then having acknowledged what I did not know, the real process of becoming a teacher began. We are always learning. As chair of a committee recommending the revision of our transfer degree graduation requirements the last three years, we all read widely on general education before we could contribute. My students teach me every day about effective teaching and learning strategies. I tap into their individual talents and motivate them to keep reaching higher in their education.I model intellectual curiousity and being a life-long learner. In doing so, I acknowledge I am always in the process of becoming, just as they are.

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