Two Central Lakes College instructors are nominated for Outstanding Educator awards bestowed each year by the Board of Trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU).
Darci Goeden, Nursing, and Leon Dahlvang, Communication Art and Design, are now eligible for the Educator the Year award that recognizes superior teaching.
The pair was nominated by CLC President Larry Lundblad and will be among about two dozen MnSCU instructors recognized this spring at an award luncheon.
Goeden began teaching at CLC in 2002 and since 2004 has been part of the Associate Degree Nursing faculty while continuing as a registered nurse at Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Brainerd, where she has been employed for 15 years.
She earned her Master of Science degree in nursing from the University of Phoenix in 2004 after earning a Bachelor’s degree from the University of North Dakota in 1997.
Last September Goeden became a certified nurse educator with membership in the National League for Nursing.
Dahlvang, a graduate of Verndale High School and Wadena Technical College, has been a college instructor since 1986 (Staples Technical College) and was named CLC Faculty Member of the Year in 2004 and 2010. As a student he attended the Computer Graphics program at the Staples campus and soon was hired to teach.
Previous CLC honorees were Jan Kurtz, Spanish and Latin American Studies (2008); Kari Frisch, Speech (2009); Janet Bedard, English, and Gary Carson, Natural Resources (2010); Betsy Picciano, Reading, and Nancy Smith, Health (2011); and Steve Anderson, Instrumental Music, and Martha Kuehn, Psychology (2012). Picciano was also one of four instructors named Educator of the Year by the MnSCU board.
Faculty who are designated as Outstanding Educators by their campus president must prepare a teaching portfolio that will be reviewed by a system-wide review committee.