Friday, December 1, 2017

CGCC Educator and Staff of the Year Selected for 22nd Annual Gilbert Excellence Awards

Dr. Scott Adamson and Sharon "Cookie" Potter
Dr. Scott Adamson and Sharon “Cookie” Potter have been selected as Chandler-Gilbert Community College’s Educator of the Year and Support Staff of the Year award recipients for the 22nd Annual Gilbert Community Excellence Awards. Both winners were honored at the awards ceremony this Thursday, November 30 at The Fall Events Center in Gilbert.
Sponsored by APS, the Gilbert Excellence Awards event is an evening filled with celebration as attendees honor those in the community who have excelled in the areas of business, education and community involvement.

Congratulations Dr. Adamson and Sharon!

Dr. Scott Adamson, CGCC Educator of the Year

Dr. Scott Adamson is a residential mathematics faculty member at Chandler-Gilbert Community College. With over 30 years of teaching experience, Dr. Adamson has become a master motivator and innovator in the field of mathematics. His commitment to helping students learn the subject matter through inquiry and conceptual understanding are one of the many characteristics that make Dr. Adamson an exemplary teacher.
Dr. Adamson focuses on teaching his students how to problem solve and apply mathematical concepts to real-life scenarios. He encourages students to be creative and “think outside the box” by accessing the tools they have learned to enhance their knowledge of the material. Many of his students go on to excel in the engineering programs at Arizona State University, University of Arizona and many other major college institutions.
Dr. Adamson possesses a wonderful sense of humor that helps students relate to him and feel at ease when learning difficult mathematical concepts. He is an exemplary leader both professionally and personally. He understands that teaching is not complete without serving and leading outside the classroom walls. He continually exhibits a passion for serving others by going above and beyond the standard.
Dr. Adamson has received many teaching accolades throughout his career including his recent selection to serve as keynote speaker for the 2017 American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC) national conference in San Diego. The AMATYC is the premier national professional organization for community college mathematics professors in the United States. CGCC is honored to recognize Dr. Scott Adamson as the 2017 Gilbert Community Excellence Award CGCC Educator of the Year. Congratulations on your achievement and thank you for your commitment to serving our students.  

Sharon “Cookie” Potter, CGCC Support Staff of the Year
Sharon “Cookie” Potter is the Fitness Center Manager at Chandler-Gilbert Community College and serves as a vital campus resource for students and staff looking to achieve their fitness goals. Cookie has devoted her life to maintaining her health as well as helping and motivating others to obtain and maintain theirs. She is a true leader on campus and a vital resource to the CGCC community.
As manager of the Pecos Campus fitness center, Cookie dedicates her time to ensuring students and staff have access to the most up-to-date fitness equipment in a cost effective and efficient way. She also serves as one of the many talented group instructors on campus where she teaches a variety of fitness classes including Yoga and Pilates where she is known for sharing wellness tips and resources about nutrition and lifestyle with her students. Her passion for helping others live a healthier life is evident in all aspects of her job. She goes above and beyond to make sure her students feel comfortable in their own skin by empowering them to achieve their fitness goals and to not feel discouraged by personal challenges or fears.

Cookie takes pride in helping students find confidence and setting new fitness goals. She is always willing to assist her fellow colleagues and contribute in any way that she can to make a situation better. She is always looking for innovative ways to provide new experiences for students by maximizing current campus resources. In addition to her managerial duties, Cookie is also a member of the Employee Fall Curriculum team at CGCC where she helps develop comprehensive wellness programs for employees to help her colleagues achieve an optimal work-life balance. She is an important member of the CGCC and we are so excited to recognize her as the 2017 Gilbert Community Excellence Award CGCC Employee of the Year. Cookie, congratulations on your achievement and thank you for your continued service.

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