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Instructor at CNA’s Grand Falls-Windsor campus receives teaching excellence award

Holly Dwyer is an instructor for the human resources management program at College of the North Atlantic’s Grand Falls-Windsor campus.
Holly Dwyer is an instructor for the human resources management program at College of the North Atlantic’s Grand Falls-Windsor campus. - Submitted

GRAND FALLS-WINDSOR, NL – Holly Dwyer, an instructor at College of the North Atlantic’s Grand Falls-Windsor campus, recently received a prestigious award for teaching excellence.

Dwyer, who teaches the human resources management program at the campus, was notified she had been selected by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) for the 2018 Teaching Excellence Award for Region 1 associate degree (two-year diploma programs) member institutions.

The region includes the northeast area of North America – the New England states, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Quebec and Atlantic Canada.

“I was pretty excited, I have to say,” Dwyer, who has been teaching for 17 years, said in a CNA news release.

“It feels good to be recognized, though I don’t like to be recognized publicly necessarily. There is always room for improvement, of course. I love what I do, and I do it because I get a lot of job satisfaction from the students. Seeing the students succeed is what really motivates me.”

Sharon Collins, assessment coordinator with CNA’s school of business and IT, nominated Dwyer.

She noted each of the 10 global regions contain a large number of schools. One winner for associate degree institutions was selected from each.

“This is much bigger than Holly from Grand Falls-Windsor being selected for an award,” Collins explained.

“She is standing shoulder to shoulder with internationals in this one – ACBSP is global.”

As part of being selected, Dwyer is now being considered for an international teaching excellence award. The winner will be announced during the ACBSP Salute to Regions luncheon in Kansas City, M.O., in June.

Dwyer will receive a crystal medallion and a $250 cheque at the event for her selection, as well.

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