Two New River Community and Technical College faculty members have received the 2013 Excellence Award from the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) at the University of Texas at Austin.
Dr. John Dynak, assistant professor of chemistry on the Greenbrier Valley Campus in Lewisburg, and Karen Tully, RN, BSN, instructor of allied health on the Nicholas County Campus in Summersville, received the honor at NISOD’s annual conference in Austin last month.
Tully says her goal is to make her students successful.
“If they are not successful, then I am not successful. At the beginning of every course, they enter with such excitement, and this excites me. They are beginning this wonderful journey and they have chosen to take me with them. Health care is a rewarding and difficult profession. Not everyone is going to complete the journey, but hopefully I will never be the reason they do not complete their journey. Nor do I ever want to be the reason they lose that excitement,” Tully commented.
Dynak believes that teaching is a God-given talent, but he jokes that God never said it was going to be easy.
“I have based a lot of my career around this adage,” he says. “Teaching is the most rewarding profession that I have ever been associated with. However, I have learned that sometimes the teacher must also become the student. Every now and then, a student will show me a better way of approaching some concept and I incorporate that technique into my presentations.”