City math professor wins teaching award from TCC peers

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Judy Gill, Courtesy TCC
Judy Gill, Courtesy TCC

A math professor from Virginia Beach won recognition from Tidewater Community College Friday as the year’s best educator.

Judy Gill, an associate professor of mathematics, received her professor-of-the-year award from President Edna V. Baehre-Kolovani at TCC’s fall convocation, held at the Roper Performing Arts Center. The award, started by the faculty senate, celebrates teaching excellence. The recognition came as the faculty honored a total of seven colleagues and staff members with annual peer awards.

“My greatest joy is seeing students progress from developmental math to calculus,” Gill said in a release. “I’m like a proud mom, walking with them every step of the way.”

Gill, who has been at TCC since 1989, teaches developmental and college-level math, according to the release. On the Norfolk campus, she cosponsors a chapter of Mu Alpha Theta, a math honor society for two-year colleges.

Also honored Friday were:

  • Libby and Matthew Watts, assistant math professors, who won a faculty special-achievement award for developing courses that are part of the MyOpenMath curriculum, which does not have any textbook costs.
  • Donna Maria Walker, a public speaking professor, who was named an outstanding adjunct faculty member.
  • Kelly Crawford Sorey, administrator of the year.
  • Estelle Bussey and Holly Desteli, classified employees of the year.

For more about TCC, go here.

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