Six instructors honored for excellence in teaching

Kelly Gillit
Staff Writer

The votes have been tallied and the results are in for Phi Theta Kappa’s 2012 Excellence in Teaching Awards. PTK sponsored the student-initiated awards to recognize outstanding KC instructors.

Recipients are as follows, including comments from students who nominated them:


• Britt Davis, instructor in religion and Christian Campus Center director

“He is the friendliest teacher that I ever met. He makes me feel like I made the right choice to come to the Tri-C Center.”
“He is a caring teacher.”
“Britt has good teaching techniques.”
“He treats every student the same without passing judgment.”


• Jesse James, biology instructor

“Mr. James is an excellent teacher; he knows what he is talking about, and his ability to connect with his students and explain biology to students with little or no background in science is a gift.”
“Extremely student-friendly and shows obvious care about the students’ understanding of material.”
“Mr. James does not just teach the information; he takes a difficult and complex subject and brings it to life!  I believe he is a great asset to Kilgore College.”


• Karen Johnson, reading instructor

“She’s a great teacher overall.”
“She is awesome and very nice.”
“She is a fun teacher to have! She makes class a lot more interesting, and I look forward to coming to her class each week!”
“She is always thinking about her students.”


• Donny Seals, history instructor and department chair for history/government and the behavioral sciences

“Very intelligent and loves what he’s teaching.”
“Cares about his students and their future.”
“Mr. Seals is an awesome and fun teacher who always makes class enjoyable while we learn a lot of stuff!”
“He is one of the best history teachers I have had in a long time.”


David Stroud, history instructor

“Amazing teacher, great sense of humor and really shows he cares about his students.”
“He is the best teacher I’ve had at Kilgore.”
“I still remember everything he taught me last year.”
“Mr. Stroud is an innovative history professor who is very passionate about his subject.”
“He has a passion for history that shows in the way he teaches and the material he presents. His lectures have a quality about them that make them interesting and worth listening to.”


• Dr. James ‘Jim’ Taylor, the director of music and choral activities

“He is always there for his students and cares how we are doing.”
“He really made his class fun!”
“Always energetic.”
“He’s understanding and connects with his students.”

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