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Aiken Tech names Educators of the Year

Posted: January 10, 2018 - 12:49am
Aiken Technical College’s 2017-18 Educator of the Year award recipients are (from left) Stacey Nichols, faculty; Patsy Fields, administrator; and Shannon Hallingquest, staff.

Aiken Technical College has announced its 2017-18 recipients of the South Carolina Technical Education Association's Educator of the Year awards.

They are Stacey Nichols, faculty member; Shannon Hallingquest, staff member; and Patsy Fields, administrator.

The awards recognize employees throughout the state Technical College System who have contributed to furthering the mission of the system and have done outstanding work in their roles at their individual colleges, according to a news release.

Nichols is the Communications Department chair, currently serves on the New Faculty Onboarding committee, and chairs the Curriculum and Instruction and Program Review committees. Prior to her current position, she served as an adjunct instructor and later as a full-time English instructor at ATC. She has a master's degree in English from University of Vermont and a bachelor's degree in English from Mary Baldwin College.

Hallingquest, an ATC graduate, is an administrative assistant in the Nursing Department. She has previously worked in the college's Training and Business Development Department. She assists with the nursing department's activities such as the College's pinning ceremonies, annual American Heart Association campaign, and communications with nursing students and applicants. She has an associate's degree in business technology from ATC and a bachelor's degree from Limestone College.

Fields, also an ATC graduate, is the administrative manager in the Education and Training Division. Her prior roles have included budget clerk and operations manager. She served on the SCTEA executive board from 2004 to 2016 and as the board's president in 2013. Fields has an associate's degree from ATC, a bachelor's in Business Administration from Brenau University, and an associate public manager certificate from the state State Budget and Control Board.

Nichols, Hallingquest and Fields will be recognized along with other Educator of the Year award recipients in February during SCTEA's annual conference in Myrtle Beach. Each recipient will be presented with a certificate and a $100 cash award.

 

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