VC biology instructor earns Distinguished Teaching Award

May 31, 2014 at 12:31 a.m.

Victoria College biology instructor Charles Gyamera-Acheampong received the 2014 Distinguished Teaching Award.

He has taught biology and chemistry classes at VC since August 2011. The award was presented during the spring 2014 commencement ceremony.

The Distinguished Teaching Award honors excellence, promotes effective teaching and recognizes exceptional faculty for their contributions to student learning through classroom teaching.

Award nominees are judged on items such as resumes, student evaluations and letters of recommendation from students, faculty members and others.

Fellow VC biology instructor Jeffrey Williams described Gyamera-Acheampong as a positive, influential leader among both the students and faculty.

"He is one who extends a friendly handshake in the corridors and smiles at all with whom he comes into contact," Williams said. "His labs are well organized and his suggestions for student improvement are strong examples of his attentiveness."

"Charles is one of the hardest-working faculty members that I have had the privilege to teach with," Williams added. "His courses represent commitment and diligence. He is enthusiastic, but more importantly, he is a leader. His laboratory techniques are impeccable and set the standard for the rest of the faculty. He consistently takes a leading role in organizing, adapting, and applying the appropriate details for learning. His assignments are graded promptly with special attention given to each student."

Jerry Hamilton, dean of Science, Mathematics, & Physical Education, characterizes Gyamera-Acheampong as an exemplary member of the science faculty at Victoria College.

"He quickly became a student favorite, while maintaining high academic standards in his classes," Hamilton said. "His classes are some of the first to fill, and there is a steady flow of students who visit him during his office hours."

"In addition to being an exceptional teacher, Charles is well-respected and liked by the other faculty in the division," Hamilton continued. "His reliability, cheerful disposition, and willingness to take responsibility is are recognized by all. Victoria College is a better academic institution because he works here."



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