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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • Science teacher honored for excellence

  • A Crowder College instructor has been recognized by the Missouri Community College Association with the Governor's Award for Excellence in Teaching.
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  • A Crowder College instructor has been recognized by the Missouri Community College Association with the Governor's Award for Excellence in Teaching.
    Randy Dunn, a science instructor at Crowder, was presented the award at a March 6 ceremony in Jefferson City.
    Dunn, who teaches science classes, is in his 10th year at Crowder College. He said the award was a surprise to him.
    "Certainly you feel pretty humbled when you get something like that," Dunn said. "You never really feel like you deserve it because, you come to work every day and do what you're supposed to do. So, I felt undeserving initially, there are a lot of great instructors here."
    He said he attended the ceremony unaware that he would receive the honor, and laughed that those around him seemed to realize it before he did.
    According to the MCCA news release, the award is given to the top community college teachers in the state each year, and includes a proclamation from Gov. Jay Nixon.
    While Dunn started at Crowder in 2004, he previously taught at the Neosho R-5 School District's Jefferson Street Campus, formerly known as the Southwest Alternative School.
    Prior to that Dunn served in the United States Navy.
    Though he teaches science courses, Dunn said he is not a science person by nature.
    "I always kind of felt like science might be a little frightening to some people and so my philosophy is just to let the students know if I can do it anybody can," Dunn said. "I try to make them find interest in it, in a way that sort of relates to their life. That's what inspired me, I had a very good teacher who inspired me that way and I'm just trying to pass that on."
    Dunn said his goal in teaching is get students to realize science is not so scary and can be a fun subject.
    While he says he is honored to have received the award, he is especially thankful for his role at Crowder College.
    "I'm really fortunate to work at the greatest place that I've ever worked at," Dunn said. "It's a joy to come to work every day and I think about that a lot actually. This is just a fantastic place to work."

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