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Liberal Arts & Sciences recognizes exceptional teachers

Susan LewisThe College of Liberal Arts and Sciences selected its full- and part-time Teachers of the Year for 2006-2007.

Susan Lewis (History) was named Liberal Arts and Sciences Teacher of the Year. The Part-Time Teacher of the Year Award went to Jenica Lyons (English).

Lewis joined the New Paltz faculty in 1998 as an adjunct and has taught fulltime for the past six years.

The Liberal Arts and Sciences Senate committee that nominated Lewis characterized her as inspiring.

Lewis believes learning should be engaging without being simply entertaining. She uses lectures, videos and music to teach American history.

"You have to reach each student where he or she is," said Lewis. "My class is not about me. It's about how my students learn and how much I can excite them about history."

The nominating committee recognized part-time instructor Lyons for her dedication, teaching and the results she achieved working with students with writing difficulties. Lyons began at New Paltz in 1998 as an undergraduate student in the English Department. She also received her master's from New Paltz and served as a graduate assistant and teacher's assistant prior to joining the department's adjunct faculty. Lyons is away during the current academic year.

The recipients' names will be added to a plaque in the Jacobson Faculty Tower lobby. Both teachers will receive $1,000 for professional development.