Bay College Honors Outstanding Full Time Educators

ESCANABA – Bay College honored its 2015 Outstanding Full-Time Educators at an awards dinner held on April 28.   Don Johnson Agency/MEEMIC Insurance sponsored the Outstanding Educator Awards.  To receive consideration for the award, faculty were nominated by a colleague, student, or someone from the community.  The primary focus of this award is to acknowledge faculty’s commitment to education and excellence in service to others. 

Janice Barker accepts the Outstanding Educator AwardJanice Barker
Janice started at Bay College as a full-time instructor in January of 2012 after serving as an instructor at both Michigan State University and Lansing Community College. She also gained a wealth of experience as an administrative assistant and office manager in various contexts. Prior to that Janice served as an administrative assistant to the Dean for Vocational/Technical Education and Business and as an adjunct business instructor here at Bay College. She holds a Master of Science from Ferris State University, where she graduated with a 4.00, a Bachelor of Science from Northern Michigan University, and an Associate of Arts from Bay College. She also holds a Certification in Medical Office Management from the Practice Management Institute.  Janice only recently received tenure at Bay College, but already has made some significant contributions to the business division, the Office Information Systems program, and the College as a whole. Janice works closely with employers to keep her degrees up-to-date with the needs of industry and to ensure that her students are graduating with the skills they need to be successful. Janice serves on many campus committees, has completed the Bay College Partners in Leadership certification, is a recent TORCH award winner, and volunteers at college events.  Above all, Janice is known for her positive attitude and consistently professional behavior. She is trusted and respected by colleagues, and her classroom practices, such as her capstone portfolio assignment, are aimed towards preparing students for careers and helping them reach their goals. As one student noted in Janice’s evaluation, she “makes people excited to come to class.”

Gregory Cutler (with Dr. Laura Coleman, Bay College President)Gregory Cutler
Greg was hired as a full time instructor in August of 1992.  He holds an Education Specialist in Educational Administration and Supervision, a Master of Arts in General Psychology with a Clinical emphasis, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with Honors. Both in the classroom and in his role as a professional developer at Bay College, Greg is incredibly engaging and is very passionate about the subject in which he educates.  He will make you think, he brings an incredible insight, and sincerely wants his students and colleagues to succeed.  A comment from one of his students states, “I took my first class with Professor Cutler when I was dual enrolled in high school.  To date, I have taken courses at Ferris State University and graduated from Northern Michigan University with a Bachelor’s degree in Physiology and a minor in Chemistry.  I took a 400 level Neuroscience course at NMU along with numerous physiology courses.  Although I found the material interesting, the professors were not able to get me as excited about the material as Professor Cutler did.  In 4 years of undergraduate schooling, Professor Cutler remains one of my favorites.”  In addition to the quality he brings to his classroom, Greg is very active in the campus community.  Greg has been a leader and an advocate for On Course, FYE, professional development, Partners in Leadership, and Bay Leadership Training.  He is a phenomenal facilitator and brings energy and passion to these initiatives.  He is truly a pillar of quality improvement.

Marc LaBeau accepts the Outstanding Educator AwardMarc LaBeau
Marc was hired as a full time instructor at Bay College in August of 1999.  He holds a Master of Science in Biology and a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Chemistry.  He primarily teaches Anatomy and Physiology, Medical Microbiology, and Human Chemistry.  As Anatomy and Physiology is the gateway course into the nursing program, virtually every nursing student that graduates from Bay College has the Marc LaBeau experience in A and P.   His ability to explain complex biological systems to his students using practical examples is unparalleled.  A quote from one of his students, “Without his classes and excellent teaching skills, I would not be passing my current or past nursing classes.  He is always willing to answer questions, even if they aren’t about his class.  He is one of the most capable and knowledgeable educators I’ve been privileged to learn from.”  These comments are echoed by many of Marc’s students.  You cannot find a nurse who has earned a Bay College degree within the past dozen years who will not tell you how valuable he is to the nursing curriculum.  He is committed to producing high quality students, has high expectations of his students, and absolutely loves Bay College.
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