Lone Star College-Kingwood recently honored five instructors for their commitment to students and education with the Adjunct Excellence Award. Rose Chute, Douglas Maraffa, Gwen McCormick, Claudine Simpson and Martin Urand were nominated by their colleagues and a final selection was made by a committee. Maraffa has been an adjunct professor at LSC-Kingwood for four years. He currently teaches Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities through the Alternative Teaching Certification Program. Maraffa earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Stephen F. Austin State University and a Master of Science degree from Texas A&M-Commerce. During his career, he earned the Teacher of the Year Award from the Rosemont Elementary School in Dallas ISD and the Adjunct Faculty Award from Richland College in Richardson. Since 2001, McCormick has taught online classes for LSC-Kingwood. She currently teaches courses for the Professional Office Technology and Microsoft Office Specialist certificates. Prior to teaching online, McCormick started out as a student worker in LSC-Kingwood’s Technology Department. She then became the faculty secretary and then the division secretary. McCormick earned a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts and received multiple certificates from Lone Star College. A new adjunct instructor, Simpson teaches college success first year experience and learning framework first year experience. She has taught at LSC-Kingwood since August 2012. Simpson earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and Master of Education degree in Administration and Supervision from Sam Houston State University. She earned her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Supervision from Texas A&M University.  As a Kinesiology: Fitness for Life and Elementary Physical Education adjunct instructor, Urand has taught at LSC-Kingwood for six years. Urand earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas-Pan American and his master’s degree from Sam Houston State University. He completed post graduate work at the University of Houston and earned his Doctor of Education degree from the University of Texas-Pan American. In addition to his education background, Urand earned the Teacher of the Year award at Benbrook Elementary and Ashford Elementary. He was recognized by the Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance with the Honor Award and the PEPI Award for Professionalism and Leadership. The Marty Urand Teacher of the Year Award in Spring Branch ISD was named in his honor and is given to the newcomer of the year. The recipients received their award during the adjunct in-service. For more information on LSC-Kingwood, visit lonestar.edu/kingwood. Photo: Douglas Maraffa, Claudine Simpson, Martin Urand, Gwen McCormick, and Rose Chute (not pictured) received the Adjunct Excellence Award at LSC-Kingwood.

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