HANCEVILLE, ALA. – An essay by Dr. Lance Boyd, math instructor at Wallace State Community College in Hanceville, was recently published in “Innovation Abstracts,” a publication of the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development of the College of Education at the University of Texas at Austin.  In “As I Watch My Students Leave,” Boyd reflects on the life lessons he imparts to students through teaching.

“As I watch students leave my classroom after their final exam, it is with sadness that I realize I will never see many of them again,” he writes. “I have been an educator for 26 years, including as a middle school math teacher, coach, assistant principal, and currently as a community college instructor. During my entire career, I have tried to bring the best out of each student I have been blessed to teach. I have tried to pass on to them the many positive traits that past mentors instilled in me, lessons that go beyond the syllabus, and which students will use each day of their lives.”

Those lessons include such habits as being prepared, being on time, taking care of one’s health, keeping priorities in order, and never settling for mediocrity.

Students enrolled in Dr. Boyd’s classes hear even more life lessons as they learn about math each semester, and that instruction resonates. Wallace State’s Phi Theta Kappa Honor society named him Outstanding Academic Faculty Member earlier this year.

NISOD is dedicated to the professional development of faculty, administrators, and staff; and to the continued improvement of teaching and learning, with the ultimate goal of student success. More than 700 community colleges around the world are NISOD members.

For more information about Wallace State, visit www.wallacestate.edu.

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