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Girard to represent MW for teaching award

Peter Girard

WORTHINGTON — Peter Girard, diesel technology instructor on the Minnesota West Community and Technical College Canby campus, has been chosen to represent Minnesota West for the Statewide Award for Excellence in Teaching.

The Minnesota State Board of Trustees will honor a faculty member with the award, which acknowledges and rewards exceptional individual professional accomplishment and encourages ongoing excellence in teaching.

Minnesota West has recently undergone an extensive process (using input from faculty and students from each campus) to identify candidates to serve as the Minnesota West nominee for the award. Girard will now compete with approximately 40 other nominees from fellow Minnesota State institutions from across the state. Nominations were based on criteria such as innovative classroom delivery and/or programming, cooperation and partnerships within and outside of the college, campus involvement/leadership and community involvement/leadership.

“Peter truly is an asset to our students and college,” Minnesota West Dean of Agriculture and Business Paul Lanoue said. “He has a genuine excitement for teaching and a strong drive for his students to be successful in their careers. Students in his classroom experience real-life scenarios and are able to troubleshoot problems knowing that Peter will be there to guide them in their learning journey,”  

Other Minnesota West instructors nominated for the award were: Jay Vargas, Social Sciences; Alan O’Neil, Humanities; Judy Drown, Trades; Leslie Bauman, Business/computers/management; Marissa Marten, Allied Health; and Michael Wesselink,Math and Sciences.