Educators Roger Coit and Danielle del Castillo Shelton have been named 2015 full-time and adjunct, respectively, Faculty of the Year for Colorado Mountain College’s campus in Leadville and Chaffee County.
Coit, who teaches emergency medical services and outdoor education, was cited by co-workers and students in the award nomination. Past student Shawn Christiansen said that not only did Coit offer extra sessions for students who wanted them, he went out of his way to help Christiansen in getting VA benefits, and helped him find a job after he was certified. In collaboration with others Coit pursued a new program in snow science, and he has organized fundraising efforts for avalanche education signage as well as volunteered for local public safety training and events.
“He offers exceptional classes and maintains high standards and expectations for students,” said co-worker Cooper Mallozzi.
Shelton was nominated by College Counselor Steven Medina, who said that the part-time geography faculty member “has proven time and time again to be accommodating to the needs and unique circumstances of individual students and to students collectively.” He also said, “Danielle brings an orientation of inclusive excellence, drawing from her own multicultural background and education to enrich the classroom environment and students’ learning experiences.”
Medina added, “Danielle lives and breathes servant leadership as an active contributor to the broader community she serves outside of CMC. Her stewardship of the Girls and Boys Club of Buena Vista is a prime example of Danielle’s influence in the community at large.”
Each year, students, staff and faculty of Colorado Mountain College nominate one outstanding full-time and one adjunct faculty member from each of the college’s seven campuses and the online learning department. From those honorees, senior administrators then select a collegewide award recipient in each of the two categories, representing the span of the college’s 12,000-square-mile service area.
Colorado Mountain College 2015 Faculty of the Year
Every year employees and students at each of Colorado Mountain College’s campuses nominate adjunct and full-time faculty members for the Faculty of the Year Award. From those campus-level honorees, senior administrators then select a collegewide award recipient in each of those two categories.
Collegewide and Edwards full time: Carol Koch, Spanish
Collegewide and Edwards adjunct: Cynthia Bell, business
Aspen adjunct: Steve Stefferud, emergency medical technician
Breckenridge and Dillon full time: Joyce Mosher, English and communication
Breckenridge and Dillon adjunct: Mark Palz, written communication
Carbondale, Glenwood Springs, Spring Valley full time: Derek Johnston, photography
Carbondale, Glenwood Springs, Spring Valley adjunct: Klaus Kocher, photography
Leadville and Buena Vista full time: Roger Coit, emergency medical services and outdoor education
Leadville and Buena Vista adjunct: Danielle del Castillo Shelton, geography
Online learning full time: Kimberly Harding, science
Online learning adjunct: Erin Donovan, anthropology
Rifle full time: Dave Ruffley, history
Rifle adjunct: Gretchen (Greta) Jorgensen, science
Steamboat Springs full time: Steve Craig, mathematics
Steamboat Springs adjunct: Lee Cox, mathematics