Dr. Ruth Tryon Named MCC Faculty of the Year

Morgan Community College (MCC) is proud to announce this year’s Faculty of the Year recipient. Dr. Ruth Tryon. MCC Vice President of Instruction Betty McKie took Tryon by surprise on Wednesday, when she announced that Tryon had been chosen for the honor.

Presidnet Hart, left, and VP of Instruction_Betty McKie, right, congratulate Tryon, center.Morgan Community College (MCC) is proud to announce this year’s Faculty of the Year recipient. Dr. Ruth Tryon. MCC Vice President of Instruction Betty McKie took Tryon by surprise on Wednesday, when she announced that Tryon had been chosen for the honor.

A member of the MCC faculty for over eight years, Tryon has a wide teaching background that ranges from ESL-pronunciation to Early Childhood Education and Psychology. “I’m fortunate to work at an institution that allows such flexibility and professional growth,” noted Tryon, who is currently the Lead Faculty for Early Childhood Education, Teacher Education, and Developmental Education (English and Reading) while teaching Developmental English and Reading classes. McKie added that “Ruth is a great mentor for new and part-time faculty,” in reference to the 5-10 adjunct instructors within these areas that Tryon works with each semester.

Tryon has also been managing an Early Childhood Education Program, Self-Study Clayton-Boettcher grant which she applied for in 2008. Money from the grant has helped to fund instructional materials, community data collection, educational needs assessments, the annual Summer Teacher Education Institute, and the recent Early Childhood symposiums. “Adjunct instructors and community early childhood professionals have been amazingly helpful and supportive,” added Tryon.

Tryon grew up in Nigeria where she graduated from an international boarding school. This was followed by two years of university studies in Sweden and Germany. Today she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Speech and Hearing Science from the University of LaVerne in California, a Masters of Arts in Communication Disorders, and a Doctorate in Educational Studies from the University of Northern Colorado. Tryon had taught English and Reading in Nigeria, Sweden, and Germany; worked as a Speech and Language Pathologist for 18 years in the Colorado Public School system, at NCMC in Greeley, and in private practice; taught at the University of Northern Colorado in the School of Education as well as served as a clinical supervisor within the UNC Department of Communication Disorders prior to coming to Morgan Community College.

“Teaching has been my passion for years,” commented Tryon, “for I love the diversity of thoughts and experiences that students bring to a classroom. As an instructor, I believe it is important to inspire self-motivated learning and a love for the process required to acquire course-related skills and knowledge. Although learning is a personal process, it is also interactive—a journey that students and instructor embark upon and briefly travel together. To see student confidence and knowledge grow is wonderful, for I believe that what individuals think about themselves and their abilities strongly influences their sense of potential and hope for their future.”

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