Employees and Partners Recognized for Excellence

Excellence in Teaching

March 31st, 2014




Excellence in Teaching
Excellence in Service
Kelly Markson, Instructor of the Year; Dr. Stephen Scott, Wake Tech President
Mort Congleton, Staff Member of the Year; Dr. Stephen Scott, Wake Tech President
Tom Looney, Lenovo; Dr. Stephen Scott, Wake Tech President
Jim Perry, Individual Spirit of Giving; Dr. Stephen Scott, Wake Tech President
Aaron Stumb; Distinguished Alumni; Dr. Stephen Scott, Wake Tech President
Dr. Stephen Scott, Wake Tech President; Linda Daigle, Volunteer of the Year

RALEIGH, N.C. (March 31, 2014) - Wake Tech Community College has recognized 15 employees and four community partners for their dedication to the mission of the college. Wake Tech President Dr. Stephen C. Scott bestowed the honors at the Excellence Awards dinner held this evening at the Raleigh Convention Center. The annual awards are sponsored by the Wake Tech Foundation, which receives and administers private sector funds to support instructional programs. US Foodservice sponsored the awards dinner.

Seven faculty members received Wake Tech’s Excellence in Teaching Award: 

  • Julie Ann Greenberg – Fine Arts
  • Emily Moore – Pre-Curriculum
  • Lori Ann Frear – Natural Sciences
  • Kim Olds – Office Administration
  • John Clevenger – Electronics Engineering Technology
  • Wanda Thomas – Radiography
  • Kelly Markson – Business Administration 

Eight staff members received the Excellence in Service Award: 

  • Rhonda Pickett – Career Programs
  • Charlene Young – Arts & Sciences
  • Tammi Wilcox – eLearning Support
  • Deb Hadley – Curriculum Services
  • Dina Law – Fine Arts
  • Michele Hall – ABE/Tops
  • Walter Martin – Business and Public Services Technologies
  • Mort Congleton – College Development 

Each faculty and staff winner received a plaque and a cash award. In addition, Kelly Markson was named Instructor of the Year, and Mort Congleton was named Staff Member of the Year. They will represent Wake Tech at the statewide NCCCS Excellence Competition in 2015. 

Wake Tech student Kumar Chandrashekaran was named the 2014 Student of Academic Excellence. 

Wake Tech also honored four community partners: 

Lenovo was named Corporate Benefactor of the Year; the company has invested more than $200,000 to support improvements in services and technology across multiple departments. Tom Looney, Vice President & General Manager for Lenovo North America, is an active member of the Wake Tech Board of Trustees. 

The Individual Spirit of Giving award went to Jim Perry of Raleigh, chair of Wake Tech’s Board of Trustees and a member of the Wake County Board of Commissioners. Jim has contributed considerable time and talent to Wake Tech over the past 12 years; he was responsible for securing annual support for the college from Waste Industries, starting in 1996. These valuable contributions have included scholarships as well as vehicles and equipment to help train technicians in Wake Tech’s Heavy Equipment programs.   

This year’s Distinguished Alumni Award was presented to Chef Aaron Stumb, a 1996 graduate of Wake Tech’s Culinary Arts Program. Stumb has played an active role in the program by serving as an adjunct faculty member and Advisory Board member.  As Executive Chef at Mez Contemporary Mexican Restaurant in Durham, Stumb has provided co-op work placements for students and hired several alumni. He has also been the driving force behind Chapel Hill Restaurant Group’s support of Wake Tech’s annual Culinary Arts Showcase. 

The Volunteer of the Year Award went to Linda Daigle, who brings 30 years of human services experience to her volunteer work at Wake Tech. In 2010, she redirected her energies to the college’s Adult Education Center to work with GED and pre-GED students; she volunteers weekly with a Reading Support class. 

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