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2013 FACES OF TCC

 

BUTCH HOLTZ
ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE PROFESSOR

“Our program is a jewel at this college,” he says. “Students will not get this kind of education nor experience level anywhere else, period!”...more

Butch Holtz

BENO RUBIN
DIRECTOR OF THE REGIONAL AUTOMOTIVE CENTER

“Automotive technology is my passion, and by doing this work, I feel like I am giving back to the industry that gave me my start,” Rubin says. “My focus is staying connected with industry contacts and ensuring TCC is recognized for its quality programs and graduates.”...more

Beno Rubin

KIM CURRY-LOURENCO
COORDINATOR OF INSTRUCTION AND TECHNOLOGY

“The commitment of faculty to student success is something that stands out to me at TCC,” she said. “It’s real. It’s genuine, and I can see the commitment put into action.”...more

Kim Curry-Lourenco

IVORY WARREN
HUMAN SERVICES PROGRAM HEAD

“When I teach, I aim to give students nuggets of knowledge they can use during their academic journey and careers,” Warren adds. “These classes are designed to give students the skills and tools necessary for success, and our internships provide hands-on training and often lead to jobs.”...more

Ivory Warren

VINCE GARY
CHESAPEAKE STUDENT ACTIVITIES COORDINATOR

“In class, in the hallways, at activities, it’s my goal to make a difference, to be a blessing somehow,” he says. “It’s an amazing opportunity to be able to help guide and motivate a new generation of students. You don’t do this job for the money; you do it because you know your work impacts lives.”...more

Vince Gary

LYNETTE HAUSER
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF BIOLOGY

“I’m a believer in synthesis and integration as opposed to having students memorize and regurgitate,” Hauser said. “I tell them you need to synthesize and integrate information in your daily life no matter what career you choose.”...more

Lynette Hauser

MYM FOWLER
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF BIOLOGY

“I call it guided discovery,” said the longtime TCC associate professor of biology who teaches Human Anatomy and Physiology. “They learn how to learn. The BIO 141 students don’t always like that. They want you to tell them where the muscles are, for example. I show them how to learn. By the time they get to 142, they’re great at it.” ...more

Mym Fowler

KAY WILLIAMS
OPEN DOOR PROJECT DIRECTOR

Williams says she is filled with joy and excitement every time she watches her students graduate and transfer to four-year schools. “I didn’t know that this job would become my calling, but it has,” she says...more

Kay Williams

WILLIAM CONNER
ACCOUNTING AND ECONOMICS PROFESSOR

“I see myself in a lot of my students,” Conner says from his office on the Portsmouth Campus. “I see people who have enormous potential and very mediocre grade reports. Can I help them bring out their true self? Many times I can. My push to not just throw students under the bus but to help them do better comes from remembering that I wasn’t a strong student when I started college.” ...more

William Conner

AZAM TABRIZI
GEOLOGY PROGRAM LEAD

"I tell my students that you may not like rocks and minerals now, but give me two weeks," says Azam Tabrizi, geology instructor for the Chesapeake Campus. "And most of the time, my students come back and tell me they are enjoying the subject more than they ever imagined possible." ...more

Azam Tabrizi

DAVID KIRACOFE
PROFESSOR OF HISTORY

“I don’t have the power to make you love history, but I can ask you to take your work seriously. You don’t have to love a subject to learn it well,” Kiracofe says. “It’s my job to make you think like a historian, even if you are planning to be an accountant or biologist.”...more

David Kiracofe

FRAN JACOBSON
PROFESSOR OF HISTORY

“You might ask what doesn’t intrigue me,” says the TCC history professor based on the Virginia Beach Campus. “History is full of great stories, and I’m fascinated by them. I love almost every era of history.”...more

Fran Jacobson