Two Centralia College faculty members received Exceptional Faculty Awards for 2014. The award recognizes instructors who bring an extraordinary level of commitment, excellence and innovation to the college, according to a press release from Centralia Community College.
College president, Dr. Jim Walton says, "Through this award we recognize the value of members of our faculty. We honor them for their contributions to our students, our college, and our community."
Dr. Atara MacNamara is an associate professor of psychology, who has taught psychology continuously at Centralia College since 2008, and is now expanding to teach upper division-level courses in leadership and organizational behavior in the college's bachelor degree program.
According to the release, MacNamara says, "An exciting part of teaching is sharing knowledge and being part of the process that increases student awareness. There is always something new in psychology and learning about it is important." "I very much enjoy what I do."
Michael Threapleton, is an associate professor of physics and engineering.
According to the release, he says," Many believed that we knew just about all there was to know about physics. Then Albert Einstein introduced new theories and suddenly there was an explosion of new information that told us how little we really knew. New questions were being asked and science had to search for answers."
The quest for understanding is what drives Threapleton, and passing on that passion for learning is why he teaches. His peers who nominated him for the Exceptional Faculty Award have recognized that passion.