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English Professor Receives Statewide Award for Excellence

Jefferson College English Associate Professor Lisa Ebert was recently honored by the Missouri Community College Association with the Excellence in Teaching Award. Nominees are submitted from every community college across the state and presented to two outstanding instructors for work done during the previous year.

Lisa is a forward-thinking, true professional of utmost integrity whose visionary ideas have become reality for the benefit of the Jefferson College community. She develops curricula, contextualized reading programs, and assessment measures to help students succeed. For example, she started the developmental reading program at the College and keeps up with trends and best practices by serving on developmental education committees and attending conferences. Furthermore, she established the curriculum for the Reading Boot Camp, a program targeting area technical school students with the goal of preparing them to retake the college's reading placement test.

Lisa also founded the Jefferson College Writing Club. Since this club's inception, Lisa has served as its primary faculty sponsor, and through her leadership, a literary magazine titled "Controlled Chaos" was born. Club members read and critique each other's work and have opportunities to learn from the guest speakers Lisa invites. Under her guidance, the club is responsible for creating, editing, publishing, and distributing the journal, which includes fiction, non-fiction, scripts, artwork, and photography submitted by students, faculty, and staff. After each edition of the magazine is completed, the authors are invited to read their literary contributions as part of a public reading event held at the end of the academic year. Furthermore, Lisa herself is a member of other local writing groups and writes on a regular basis. She was awarded second place in the Missouri Writers Guild first-chapter contest in the category of horror. Lisa recently earned a certificate in Fundamentals of Digital Media Production from Webster University. She brings her knowledge of writing, audio, and visual media into her classes and the club. Her expertise and enthusiasm benefit our students, the English department, the college, and our community.

Pictured: Jefferson College English Associate Professor Lisa Ebert (center) is congratulated by College President Dr. Dena McCaffrey (left) and Vice President of Instruction Dr. Chris DeGeare as a recipient of the 2022 MCCA Excellence in Teaching Award.

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