CRYSTAL LAKE – McHenry County College English instructor Anne Humphrey strives to teach students the lifelong skills of clear communication, organization and analysis through her composition classes.
She also helps students assess and maximize the constantly changing Internet databases and source formats, according to a news release from the college.
Her commitment to her students and colleagues has earned her the distinction of MCC’s nominee for the Illinois Community College Trustees Association 2016 Outstanding Full-Time Faculty member award, the college announced.
She was recognized last week with other instructors throughout the state at ICCTA's annual awards banquet in Springfield.
Humphrey has been teaching English in the Illinois community college system for more than 18 years and at MCC for 14 years, where she also is the co-advisor for an award-winning Phi Theta Kappa chapter and co-president of the faculty association, the college said.
She uses a “process approach” and local research in her composition classes and is known to colleagues as an innovative instructor who teaches learning community, developmental and honors courses, according to the news release.
“I value my time working with students and with my colleagues at MCC,” she said in the news release. “The rewarding part about my job is getting to know all of the students who bring different personalities, interest and skills to my classes, and encouraging them to use their strengths. Many students are afraid of writing, but it’s such a breakthrough when they take that leap and they can see they can do it, and the students who have a knack for writing get even better.”
Humphrey has actively attended and presented at a variety of organizations, including the National Learning Communities conference and the Illinois Online Conference, an event with an international profile, the college said.
She has consulted for the Illinois Online Network and recently was selected to receive the first Illinois Region International Honors Institute Advisors Scholarship.
Humphrey earned her Bachelor of Science degree in communications from Northwestern University and her Master of Arts degree in writing from DePaul University.