Janice Cortina, an Adult Basic Education (ABE) instructor at Northland Pioneer College since 2007, was recently selected as a runner-up for this year’s Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award by the Coalition of Adult Basic Education (COABE), a 15,000-member professional organization recognizing excellence among adult education and literacy practitioners.
Ms. Cortina's nomination recognizes her significant contributions to adult education and life-long learners in Northern Arizona, impacting the lives and academic careers of all those she works with. Her students describe her as unfailingly patient, supportive, helpful and informative.
As an Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) program coordinator and Instructional Council member, Cortina has been a valuable asset to the college. She has monitored the trends and best practices in adult education and has been instrumental in orchestrating significant academic and professional learning changes in NPC's College and Career Preparation (CCP) Department. Through her service on the Instructional Council she has been a major voice in upholding a standard of excellence in the college's curriculum.
“Janice is a conscientious and caring instructor who puts 110 percent into all that she does,” notes nominator Gail Campbell, interim director of NPC's CCP program. “She is always willing to go the extra mile for her students and coworkers. Her positive attitude and tenacious problem-solving skills have made her invaluable to NPC and the community.”
Prior to joining the NPC faculty, Cortina taught at the American Indian Christian Mission in Linden, Mountain Christian School and in the Show Low Public Schools.
Cortina has announced plans to retire at the end of the current school year.
COABE provides leadership, communication, professional development and advocacy for adult education and literacy professionals through competitive national-level awards, incentive grants and scholarship opportunities for adult education and literacy instructors through special funding by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.
Northland Pioneer College serves the residents of Navajo and Apache counties through four regional campuses and five centers with a variety of educational options for academic, career and technical and personal enrichment. NPC supports each student's educational goals through affordable tuition, small class sizes and caring, professional instructors. For more information about NPC programs and services, call (800) 266-7845.
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