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Mays Landing Resident Receives Lindback Teaching Award at Atlantic Cape

May 31, 2013

Amy Shelton of Mays Landing, associate professor of mathematics at Atlantic Cape Community College, received the Lindback Distinguished Teaching Excellence Award during the college’s May 23 commencement.

Shelton joined Atlantic Cape in 1994 as a part-time tutor and worked in a variety of departments at the college including: placement, cooperative education, student development and testing. After serving as Atlantic Cape’s director of academic computing labs and Web programming, Web specialist, senior technician and as an adjunct instructor, Shelton joined the full-time teaching staff as assistant professor of mathematics.

“I could not have earned the award without my students guiding me. My teaching improves every semester because I listen to my students who tell me how they’d like to learn and I make changes to better meet their learning styles,” Shelton said.

Shelton graduated from Atlantic Cape in 1994 with an associate degree in mathematics. She continued her education at Rowan University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics. Shelton attended the Rochester Institute of Technology and earned a master’s degree in applied statistics and an advanced graduate certificate from Kate Gleason College of Engineering.

“Teaching is dynamic and changes quickly, and I intend to keep pace. This award has motivated me and filled me with renewed energy to improve in the future,” Shelton said.

The Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation of Philadelphia endows the award to outstanding teachers at select colleges and universities in southeastern Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey. Atlantic Cape awards the Lindback award to teachers who have contributed significantly to the education of Atlantic Cape students.  The honoree is a role model who demonstrates accessibility to students, high standards, openness to new ideas and practices new teaching methods.

Past honorees include: 2011, Cheryl Knowles-Harrigan, associate professor of art; 2009, Donna Vassallo, assistant professor of hospitality and business; 2008, Christina Cavage, associate professor and department chair of English as a second language; 2007, Marilyn Malerba Keiner, associate professor, paralegal studies; 2006, Ethel “Effie” Russell, professor, English; 2005, Dr. Louise Kaplan, professor, anthropology and bioethics; 2004, Richard Benner, assistant professor of philosophy and religion; 2003, Donna Albano, assistant professor of hospitality management; and 2002, Regina Van Epps, assistant professor of English.

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