The Educator of the Year Award recognizes an outstanding teacher whose dedication and classroom contributions have greatly benefited the institution and the students it serves. Nominees for the award must demonstrate exceptional instructional ability, institutional leadership, active professional interests, and proven accomplishments.
2012 Winner: Catherine Romeo, Assistant Professor, CollegeAmerica Flagstaff
Catherine Romeo, an assistant professor at CollegeAmerica in Flagstaff, Ariz., has been teaching full-time in the medical program for nine years. Catherine holds a bachelor's in fine arts from Arizona State University, and a master's in organizational management in business from the University of Phoenix.
Catherine has two decades of experience in health-care administration, telemedicine development, and health-care education, and she stays involved in community service with the March of Dimes and American Cancer Society. She regularly communicates with local, state, and federal officeholders on issues concerning health-care policy and health education issues. Catherine also coauthored the book, A Model Community Telepsychiatry Program in Rural Arizona. in 2002.
Catherine grew up on the Gulf Coast of Texas near Galveston Island, the daughter of two military veterans. Her life passions are her two teenage daughters, Jessica and Erin, and striving for the highest quality of life she can provide for them, educationally, emotionally, and spiritually. She often volunteers for charitable programs at work, on weekends and evenings at her daughters’ school, and for local and national charities in Northern Arizona.
In 2010, Catherine earned Instructor of the Year Award from CollegeAmerica, and her kindness and effectiveclassroomteaching style has earned her a 97 percent satisfaction rating in student surveys over the years. She now serves as a retention specialist for CollegeAmerica and has helped achieve retention in the 90th percentile. Her compassionate and giving spirit, coupled with her high standards of achievement for herself and her students, have made her APSCU’s choice for the 2012 Educator of the Year Award.
Honorable Mention 2012
Paul Danner, Rosedale Technical Institute, Pittsburgh
PSCUs open doors to many of the 9.1 million unemployed and 90 million undereducated Americans by providing a skills-based education. To remain competitive over the next decade, we must identify between 8 and 23 million new workers with postsecondary skills. PSCUs are a necessary part of that solution, having produced over 800,000 degrees last year alone.