Thursday, October 29, 2015

CGCC Educator and Staff of the Year Selected for 2015 Gilbert Excellence Awards

Dr. Jenny Pauls and Kim DeHaan were selected as Chandler-Gilbert Community College (CGCC) Educator of the Year and CGCC Staff Employee of the Year for the 2015 Gilbert Community Excellence Awards. The awards will be presented during an awards ceremony on Friday, November 13 at the DoubleTree by Hilton San Tan Elegante Conference and Reception Center in Gilbert.

Dr. Jenny Pauls, CGCC Educator of the Year

Dr. Jenny Pauls is the head of the Physics Department at Chandler-Gilbert Community College's (CGCC) Pecos Campus. For over 10 years, Dr. Pauls has taught university physics, one of the most rigorous course sequences in the college, with high academic standards and dedication to her students. In fact, students line up to take her class! She is a physicist who makes physics come to life in her classroom by promoting curiosity, critical thinking and thorough classroom discussions. She fosters a culture in her classes which allows students to take risks and try different approaches to an experiment, idea, or problem. Her students love her passion for physics and teaching style.

Dr. Pauls is also an important member of the CGCC faculty and staff. She mentors new physics residential and adjunct faculty and currently serves as the senator for the Physical Sciences and Engineering Division to the Faculty Senate at CGCC. In addition, she is a faculty advisor to the Engineering Club on campus and a Co-Principal Investigator and Mentor for the High-Tech Transfer Program Scholars Grant from the National Science Foundation. Dr. Pauls works closely with leading businesses in the community, such as the Intel Corporation, to establish partnership opportunities for students to promote higher learning in every area of science. Dr. Pauls’ display of leadership on campus has created a quality experience for all students taking physics at CGCC.

Kim DeHaan, Employee of the Year

Kim DeHaan was the Manager of College Cashier Services at Chandler-Gilbert Community College's (CGCC) Williams Campus. Kim began her career with Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) in 1988, and was one of a handful of employees hired in 1995 when the Williams Campus was established. After 27 years of service to the district, Kim retired on September 30, 2015.

Kim has a comprehensive background in Business Services. As Manager of College Cashier Services, her number one priority was to maintain the fiscal integrity and reputation of the college. Kim was responsible for processing the requisitions and purchase orders for CGCC campuses as well as ensure the college was in compliance with the state, federal and MCCCD district guidelines.

Kim is a natural team leader and empowered many people in the CGCC community, especially students, through her vast knowledge about the college and passion about her job. She built many valuable relationships with key partners within the Town of Queen Creek and Mesa while maintaining working relationships with Arizona State University, Williams Gateway Airport Authority and Mesa Community College to name a few.  She consistently volunteered at many of the campus and community events.

Kim will always be a valued member of the CGCC community. She was an instrumental employee since day one and will continue to be an integral part of the college’s success.

Photos by Elaine Kessler of Elaine Kessler Photography

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