NISOD Award Winners
2014-15 NISOD Excellence Award Recipients
- Mathematics Professor
- Molly Beauchman, PhD., has been a full time faculty member at Yavapai College for 8 years; 2004-2008, and 2010-present. Prior to this appointment, Molly earned a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics Education from Northern Arizona University (NAU) and spent 12 years teaching mathematics full time at Sinagua High School and part time at Coconino County Community College in Flagstaff, AZ. During this time, she also earned a Master of the Arts Degree in Mathematics Education from NAU. After teaching high school mathematics, Molly spent three years in Corvallis, Oregon earning a PhD in Mathematics Education from Oregon State University while teaching various courses and supervising student teachers in the Science and Mathematics Education Department. For two years, 2008-2010, Molly was an Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education at NAU in the NAUTeach program, teaching courses, supervising student teachers and receiving a grant from the Arizona Department of Education to develop a Mathematics of Finance professional development series for secondary teachers in northern Arizona. At Yavapai College, Molly teaches mathematics, works with new faculty members as a peer reviewer, and serves on several committees including chairing the Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Committee that has revised the program assessment process for the institution. Molly works with Dual Enrollment mathematics teachers in Yavapai County as a liason and representative on the Dual Enrollment Advisory Board. The Dual Enrollment mathematics program currently involves 17 teachers, 45 sections of mathematics and helps approximately 1,000 students earn college credit in mathematics that they can transfer to a postsecondary institution while still in high school. Other educational activities over the past four years include; working with the Arizona Department of Education on college and career ready mathematics standards and assessment, working with the Public Broadcast System (PBS) Educational Outreach program to develop a “Real Life Math” video series for middle school students to learn about how mathematics is used in different careers, grading Advanced Placement Calculus tests for the College Board, and pursuing professional development activities such as Quality Matters workshops to improve the design of her online courses. When there is time to relax, she spends time with her husband outdoors hiking and enjoying Northern Arizona, traveling to visit extended family or relaxing on the Oregon coast.
Le Anne Lawhead
- Early Childhood Education Professor
- Le Anne Lawhead, M Ed., has been a full-time faculty member at Yavapai College since 2004. Prior to this appointment, Le Anne spent seventeen years with Prescott Unified School District. Those years were comprised of teaching everything from preschoolers and their families, kindergartners, first graders and music students of all ages. Le Anne received both her bachelors and master’s degree from Northern Arizona University and continued her education in early childhood through the New Directions Institute for Infant Brain Development and Arizona State University. Along with the responsibilities of working with Early Childhood Education students, Le Anne also manages a program that recruits and retains professionals into the Early Childhood Field through scholarship opportunities, and another grant that educates families to promote early literacy development in young children. To date, this early literacy grant has impacted over 1500 families in our county. Additionally, Le Anne serves as a faculty adviser for the Yavapai College student chapter of NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children), and has recently been appointed as Vice President of Professional Development for the AZ AEYC (The Arizona Association for the Education of Young Children). When not promoting the importance of Early Childhood, Le Anne is an active musician in the Prescott area. Le Anne plays flute and piccolo in both the Prescott Pops Symphony and Prescott Chamber Orchestra. While being incredibly grateful for this lifetime of career opportunities, Le Anne is most thankful for her supportive husband, and two wonderful children, now ages, 21 and 18.
- Instructional and Student Services
- Billie Norris began her career at Yavapai College in 1999, working in the Campus Life Office. She thoroughly enjoyed her role as “Campus Mom” as she holds a Bachelor of Science in Education degree from The Ohio State University. After 5 years in that role, Billie moved on to become the Assistant to the Dean for Student Services and then on to become the Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Instruction and Student Development, a position she has held since 2006. Billie was nominated for the NISOD award by all the College Deans as she is an essential team member of the instruction and student services team at Yavapai College, worth more than double her weight in platinum. Wrote one dean in her nomination of Billie, “Billie keeps a calm presence while understanding there are difficult situations and conversations going on around her environment. Billie has established relationships and rapport with the individuals that directly report to her supervisor. Billie works determinedly to get the task completed and follows through on issues.” Said others, “Billie has the ability to anticipate what is needed in order to facilitate others’ success in their work.” “Billie is an example of a cheerful servant who is willing and available to assist in any way. She has made my transition to YC even smoother with her expertise, knowledge and demeanor.” “Billie is organized and seems to be the go to person on almost any issue where additional information is needed. If she doesn’t know it, she typically finds out and gets back to you the same day.” “Billie is unfailingly helpful, tactful, knowledgeable, considerate, and very hard-working. I cannot imagine what the view looks like from her desk nor can I imagine what our dean jobs would be like without her!” With her knowledge of College history, community context, processes, and policies, Billie manages to navigate and smooth the way for others on routine activities (budget, schedule, professional growth, travel, etc.) as well as provide skillful support and background guidance on important College projects and initiatives (accreditation, student success, strategic enrollment management, etc.). As her nomination suggests, Billie is highly respected by faculty, staff members, and administrators. She is always looking for ways to improve her own work and to support and assist others. Billie works long hours, but her family, pets, and garden keep her world well-rounded.
Past NISOD Award Winners
|2013/2014||Suzanne Waldenberger||Humanities/General Education Coordinator||Instructor|
|2013/2014||Tania Sheldahl||Academic and Career Advising,
Testing Services and High School Relations
|2012/2013||Lauren McCrea||Visual Performing and
|2009/2010||Stacey Hilton||TeLS/Summer and
|2009/2010||Ken Schoch||EMS and Paramedic||Program Director|
|2009/2010||Brent Roberts||Math/Honors Program||Instructor|
|2007/2008||Paul Ewing||Liberal Studies||Instructor|
|2007/2008||Vickey LaMotte||Family Enrichment Ctr.||Director|
||Public Services||Program Director|