OGLESBY — English instructor and Honors Program and Writing Center Director Nora Villarreal is the 2014 winner of Illinois Valley Community College’s prestigious Stephen Charry Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence.
Also nominated for the award were instructors Charles Kwiatkowski, computer science and networking; James Moskalewicz, counselor; Adam Oldaker, English; Susan Caley Opsal, anatomy and physiology; Michael Pecherek, music; Kimberly Radek, English; and Delores Robinson, English.
Villarreal (nee Lethiot) was nominated by an honors program student, who is also a Writing Center tutor, and later selected as the winner based on a collection of evaluation scores from full-time faculty and counselors.
The nominator said, “Ms. Villarreal is constantly telling her students to go after what they want in life.”
Faculty ranked Villarreal highest for her ability to challenge, prepare and motivate students, among other criteria.
Aside from directing the Writing Center and honors program, Villarreal serves on numerous committees, including convocation, Writing Across Campus and diversity. She has been a judge for various writing contests, served on the professional development committee, leadership and core values retreat subcommittee and the professional development tracking initiative pilot program.
Villarreal, an IVCC alumna, has taught every grade level from junior high to the university level, and has worked as a tutor/translator for English as second language students. She resides in Tonica with her husband Joseph. She will be recognized at IVCC’s 18th annual recognition event April 25 at Grand Bear Lodge.