JCJC Developmental English Instructor is Humanities Teacher of the Year

Written By: Teresa Martin
Email Address: teresa.martin@jcjc.edu
Date Submitted: 2011-10-27 14:09:00

ELLISVILLE - Jones County Junior College Developmental English instructor, Rochelle Dahmer has been named the 2011 Mississippi Humanities Teacher of the Year. The Tyler, Texas native and Hattiesburg resident was selected by the Mississippi Humanities Council based on the accomplishments and contributions of the recommended faculty member. 

“Of course, Rochelle is dedicated to all students, but most particularly, she has a deep compassion and affinity for College Readiness students, who oftentimes need the most help and compassion,” said Cheryl Windham, JCJC Humanities Division Chair. “Her devotion to teaching CR students is matched by her patience and skill in helping them master the fundamentals of English, thus preparing them for successful performance in Composition I and II.”
In recognition of this honor, Dahmer will address in her presentation, “Using Technology to Engage the Reluctant Writer,” how she has creatively used technology in the classroom to encourage her students to become writers. This free community event will be on Thursday, November 10, at 10 a.m. in the JCJC Fine Arts Auditorium. 
“As a writer, I wanted to find ways to engage my sometimes reluctant writers,” said Dahmer. “I know that writing is not an easy task, but I believe if I can find creative ways to engage them, it makes this writing task a little easier.” 

Dahmer began teaching at Jones in 2007. The former WDAM-TV news reporter and anchor taught junior high and high school English for ten years in the public school system.  Dahmer received her B.S. from the University of Texas at Tyler where she majored in journalism. In 2003, she received a Masters of Education with an emphasis in English from William Carey University.  She is also a Faculty Advisor for Cengage Learning’s TeamUP Faculty Programs and was recently asked to serve on the Mississippi Association for Developmental Education Advisory Board.  
This year’s honoree is married to Phillip Dahmer. They have two children, Melissa Alana and Donavon Jared. Rochelle’s parents are Arthur Lee Jackson, Sr. and the late Joyce Jackson and her in-laws are Vernon and Lue Dahmer.


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