Shawn Nittmann: CCC part-time faculty of the year 2013-14

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- CCC Biology instructor Shawn Nittmann loves to interact with the community, especially when activities include math and science. Nittmann has dedicated more than 20 years of his career to CCC.

Nittmann was named CCC’s Part-Time Faculty of the Year for the 2013-2014 school year. He volunteers annually at events ranging from the Flagstaff Festival of Science’s CCC Science Night, the Flagstaff Community STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Celebration to the Francis Short Memorial Pond at Thorpe Park where he introduces young scientists of the future to the discovery of pond life and all types of living critters.

“I love working at CCC and knowing that what we all do makes a significant difference in our students’ lives,” Nittmann said. “Seeing my former students getting accepted into graduate schools and gaining employment in healthcare throughout the country is most rewarding. It feels great for me to know that I contributed to the education our students, which ultimately makes a vital difference for them and future generations to come.”

CCC students nominated Nittmann for his award.

“Mr. Nittmann encourages discussion and welcomes all questions and points of view during lectures and labs,” wrote CCC student Katie Williams in her nomination. “He is always enthusiastic about the lessons and that enthusiasm is contagious in the classroom! Mr. Nittmann is a unique instructor with a keen awareness for knowing whether students truly grasp the material, or if they need further explanation, or special help. Most notably, Mr. Nittmann makes learning biology fun and interactive. He possesses a passion for teaching math and the sciences with genuine enjoyment which is apparent and that makes the material enjoyable and easy to learn.”

Formerly the Executive Director of Learning Enhancement Services and Adult Education at CCC, Nittmann has been with the College since 1993. Previously in 2000, Nittmann was recognized as the CCC Administrative/Professional Employee of the Year and in 2010 he was honored with the CCC Leadership Employee of the Year Award.

“This student driven award means more to me than the other awards. I am humbled and surprised to have received this nomination,” Nittmann said. “For me to be singled out in this way is totally unexpected and such a special honor, especially considering the other worthy nominees in this category.”

Throughout his academic career, Nittmann has played a significant role in supporting students and fellow co-workers at the College. On campus, Nittmann is known for the way he accepts people for who they are. He possesses a unique ability to maximize others’ strengths while developing and encouraging their individual abilities to be successful.

Giving back to the residents of Coconino County is important to Nittmann. Last year, with a tuition waiver from CCC, Nittmann took a first aid class at the College. Coupled with a $1,000 professional development stipend from his current award, he enrolled in a Wilderness First Responder course.

He now uses the medical knowledge from those two classes in the courses that he teaches and also as a volunteer with the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office. After completing Search and Rescue Basic Academy Training, Nittmann is now a volunteer member of the County Search and Rescue team and looks forward to using his new skills to perhaps help save a life or rescue someone who is lost in Coconino County.

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Date
Tuesday, 15th April 2014
 
 

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