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BCTC Professor is Acorn Award Winner

Photo of Tracy Knowles

Lexington, Ky. (Sept. 13, 2010) Tracy Knowles, associate professor of Chemistry and Environmental Science Technology at Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) has been selected to receive a 2010 Acorn Award.

The annual Acorn Awards recognize outstanding teachers at Kentucky's public and independent colleges and universities. The program is sponsored by the Kentucky Advocates for Higher Education, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of postsecondary education in Kentucky, and the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. Recipients receive a $5,000 honorarium and are selected based on information they provide about their reasons for selecting college teaching as a profession, their teaching philosophy and their professional achievements.

Photo of Tracy Knowles accepting the Acorn Award "Tracy Knowles is a dedicated teacher with a passion for teaching that shines through her work with students and other faculty. She is one of the many reasons that KCTCS is where higher education begins for most Kentuckians, and we are lucky to have her as part of our team," said Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) President Michael B. McCall.

This is one of many awards that Knowles has received. In 2009, she received the Kentucky Professor of the Year Award from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. In 2008, she received the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development Teaching and Leadership Excellence Award. And in 2007, she was awarded the New Horizons Master Teacher honor.

"I am delighted and honored to receive the Acorn Award. I am extremely fortunate to collaborate every day with amazing colleagues and students at BCTC. It is wonderful to be recognized for doing what I love teaching science," Knowles said.

Knowles, a Tennessee native, has taught at BCTC since fall 2000. She uses an innovative team approach that makes chemistry and environmental science classes fun for her students. She continually strives to improve her courses and retain student interest. Because her classes are so effective, she also works with other faculty members to share her course outlines and materials so that they can implement her teaching methods.

"Tracy is well known for her dedication and skill in the classroom, as well as in a variety of leadership roles throughout the college. I am continually impressed with Tracy's energy, creativity and teamwork. She is committed to student success and brings a wealth of knowledge to the classroom. Her rapport with students is excellent, as indicated by her high teaching evaluations," said Augusta A. Julian, BCTC president and CEO.

The award was presented today at the Governor's Conference on Postsecondary Education trusteeship: Oak and Acorn Awards Luncheon at the Cincinnati Airport Marriott in Hebron, Kentucky.

Top Image: Photo of Tracy Knowles (center), a BCTC associate professor of associate professor of Chemistry and Environmental Science Technology, received the 2010 Acorn Award on Monday, Sept. 13.

Bottom Image: Photo of Tracy Knowles receiving the Acorn Award.

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