Counts Named Faculty of the Year from Ozarka College
Published on June 12, 2018
Jo Ann Counts, Early Childhood Development Instructor and Program Director at Ozarka College, has been named 2018 Faculty of the Year. Counts, who is a retired school teacher from the Highland School District, originally started working for Ozarka in January of 1991. She was employed part time in the College's Adult Education department, then she started teaching as an adjunct in 2010.
Over the years, Counts has taught all of the developmental courses for Reading, Beginning Writing, Practical Writing, Math, and College Success. She became the Program Director of Early Childhood Development in August 2016, still teaches some developmental education classes, Freshman Seminar and a concurrent enrollment class at Salem High School.
"Jo Ann is the type of faculty member who makes learning fun for her students, " commented Dr. Keith McClanahan, Ozarka College provost and executive vice president of learning. "She takes whatever time is needed to help students understand the subject material. She is truly interested in student success both in the classroom and in life. She is the epitome of what an exceptional faculty member should strive towards and is highly deserving of this recognition. "
Designation of an outstanding faculty member comes from students, staff and peer faculty members. Each group votes to select the faculty member whose teaching and student interactions during the academic year clearly demonstrated their commitment to ensuring student success and effective learning at the College. Counts was recognized during Ozarka's commencement ceremony and will have an opportunity to attend the Arkansas Community Colleges reception honoring Faculty of the Year in Little Rock, Arkansas in October.