Lamar Community College faculty and staff have selected Shea Reinhardt as their 2009 Adjunct Faculty of the Year. This academic year she has taught Introduction to Statistics, Developmental Math, and Integrated Math II (for education majors). As her nomination explained, “Shea is energetic and always positive… She has a knack for assessing students’ abilities and needs and teaches each individual learner… Shea goes beyond to make her course both challenging while allowing students to experience success and even fun in their learning…”
Prior to teaching courses at LCC, she taught at Wiley Junior/Senior High School for two years. Her assignment included 7th-12th grade math, including Algebra I, College Algebra, Geometry, Statistics, and Pre-Algebra. Reinhardt started teaching at LCC through dual credit College Algebra and Stats classes. Last year she taught at Wiley during the day and a Stats class at LCC in the evenings.
“I have known Shea since she was in elementary school. I coached her when she was in high school and supervised her when she started her teaching career at Wiley. She has always been the type of person to go above and beyond and poured herself into everything that she has done. It is no surprise to me that she received this award,” commented Curtis Turner, LCC’s dean of Academic Programs.
Her work schedule changed when her husband and she had their first baby this summer. She decided to stay at home with her daughter. Her availability became LCC’s gain as she has enjoyed teaching courses at LCC this academic year. “Teaching at the college is perfect for me right now, because it helps me integrate my two passions…. family and teaching,” explained Reinhardt.
“I was always the student who wanted more explanation and more “hands-on” in my studies; I really had a hard time in my math courses. I had some great teachers along the way, and they were the ones that inspired me to become a math teacher.
Reinhardt earned her bachelor’s in Mathematics with a minor in Business from Texas Tech University. As a high school student she took over 30 hours from Lamar Community College.
Adjunct instructors add dimension and increased capacity to the LCC faculty pool. The College is currently seeking instructors for the summer and fall semesters; contact Curtis Turner at 336.1519 or Curtis.Turner@lamarcc.edu or find more information at www.lamarcc.edu/jobs.