She’s one of the outstanding instructors and students the campus recognizes each term
In January Melinda Cutchin was named “Instructor of the Month” at the Dover campus of the Harris School of Business. She has been an instructor at Harris for about a year in the Medical Assistant program. Melinda graduated from the same program at Dover in 2010, so she has first-hand knowledge of what it’s like to be a Harris student. “Ms. Karen Morrow was my instructor the whole time,” Melinda says, and today she works alongside Ms. Morrow, who is now the school’s Program Manager.
LaTasha Stamas, Dover’s Director of Education, says that Melinda was selected in part because of her high retention rate, which means a large percentage of the students who start out taking her class at the beginning of the term choose to stay in the class. “We also recognized her for her participation on campus and positive, ‘can-do’ attitude,” says Stamas. For example, when the school recently needed an instructor to cover an evening class, Melinda volunteered. “This is an example of her really stepping up and going above and beyond,” Stamas says.
The campus honored Melinda, as well as January’s Student of the Term James Wiest, with a certificate, presented at a small gathering. Stamas also created a display with their photos in the glass showcase in the lobby on campus, and promoted their achievements on the school’s Facebook page. “We want everyone who comes in—including visitors and prospective students, as well as current students and instructors—to see this recognition and think, ‘That could be me one day,’” Stamas says.
We talked with Melinda to get a little more information about her background and her likes and dislikes. Here are some highlights from our conversation:
Q: What classes do you teach?
A: “Clinical A” and “Pharmacology A”
Q: Where are you from?
A: Dover, Delaware.
Q: Where did you work before coming to Harris?
A: I worked at Bayhealth Orthopaedics and was also a dialysis technician.
Q: When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A: A pediatric nurse.
Q: What 3 words would you use to describe yourself?
A: Bubbly, energetic, and fun!
Q: What is your favorite restaurant?
A: Texas Roadhouse
Q: If you could go on vacation anywhere in the world you’ve never been, where would you go?
A: The Caribbean
Q: What would you do on your perfect Sunday?
A: Be lazy and watch TV on the sofa.
Q: What is something on your bucket list—that you’d like to do before you die?
A: To travel.
Q: What is your favorite meal to make at home?
A: Pork chops—fried. I hope I don't get a heart attack when I'm older!
Q: What is the most recent movie you saw in the theater?
A: Bad Moms.
Q: What do you like about working at Harris?
A: All of the instructors work well together. We are all here to support the students and given them the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in their career. Ms. LaTasha [Stamas] and Ms. Karen [Morrow] make sure that we have everything we need to be effective in the classroom.
January’s Student of the Term
Stamas notes that students of the term are chosen for a combination of factors, including grade point average, attendance, and overall student involvement—as in Student Council—and willingness to help others. James recently completed his coursework for the Medical Billing and Coding program and has begun his externship.
We thank Melinda for her excellent service, and wish James and the other Medical Billing and Coding students all the best on their externships. Look out for future profiles of other students and instructors in future blog posts!
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