CVCC Announces Chancellor’s Award Recipients
PHENIX CITY, AL— Congratulations are in order for Chattahoochee Valley Community College’s 2020 Chancellor’s Award recipients. The awards recognize two outstanding instructors (academic and career technical), one support staff member, and one administrator who has shown exemplary leadership. Traditionally, the Alabama Community College System (ACCS) holds the annual Alabama Community College Association (ACCA) conference in November, and Chancellor’s Awards winners for each college are recognized at that time. Due to COVID-19, ACCS did not host that conference this year.
“Many things have been lost as a result of COVID-19, but we did not want the opportunity to pass for us to locally recognize our faculty and staff for their efforts,” said Jackie Screws, President. “The Chancellor’s Awards winners have been nominated and selected by their peers and are worthy of recognition.”
Each honoree received a certificate and recognition with a special video presentation during CVCC’s virtual end-of-the-year professional development. The Class of 2020 Chancellor’s Awards recipients are:
Demeka Daniels – Support Staff Category Honoree
Demeka Daniels serves as Dual Enrollment Coordinator/Career Coach at CVCC. In that role, she acts as the liaison that connects Russell County, Phenix City, and Lee County School Districts and college technical departments. She provides direct and comprehensive career coaching, advising, and student development. Many of the students she works with become first-generation college graduates. Under Daniels’ leadership, CVCC has strengthened and increased its partnership with local high schools, and the dual enrollment program has doubled in the number of students enrolled.
Daniels received a bachelor’s degree in Cell Biology and Psychology from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, a master’s in rehabilitation counseling from Texas Tech University Health Science Center, and a graduate certification in adult education from Auburn University.
Daniels is a self-described army brat who moved frequently during her childhood. She says having that experience has helped her to be a compassionate person and adapt to new surroundings. Daniels is known for her infectious smile and going the extra mile.
Teresa Brown – Career and Technical Faculty Category Honoree
Teresa Brown serves as Nursing Instructor at CVCC. She has been an RN for more than 40 years. Her areas of expertise are ICU, Cardiology, Medical Surgical, and Education. Brown has been a Certified Critical Care nurse for nearly 25 years. She received a bachelor’s in Nursing from Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida, a master’s in Nursing Administration from Troy University, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Nursing Education at Walden University.
Brown was instrumental in assisting to create a remediation plan for CVCC nursing students, and that plan has shown to aid in student retention and student success in completion of the nursing program. She also created an evaluation tool for the nursing simulation lab. Additionally, Brown leads the College’s efforts in the United Way Campaign.
In her spare time, Brown enjoys embroidery and needlepoint. She is also an avid Auburn Tigers fan. Although she and her late husband of 36 years had no biological children, they have many adopted “Auburn tailgate” children and grandchildren.
Anna McGhee – Academic Faculty Category Honoree
Anna McGhee is an English Instructor at CVCC. She has more than 15 years experience teaching elementary, middle school, high school, and post-secondary grades. McGhee worked tirelessly to develop new courses and has revamped developmental coursework in light of the State of Alabama’s new requirements. She teaches to a variety of learning styles in her classroom and keeps students active by utilizing group activities with games and role-playing. McGhee is passionate about seeing her students succeed and feels strongly that building relationships with them is invaluable. McGhee says, “I really want them to see the potential they have and help lead and guide them to their life’s purpose.”
She attended Southern Union and CVCC for the first two years of college and was awarded a Presidential Scholarship to Troy University Phenix City where she earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Elementary Education.
Besides her passion for teaching, she also loves exercising and helping others reach their fitness potential. She is married to her high school sweetheart, and they have three beautiful girls: Addison, Aniston, and Abby.
Dr. Chantae Calhoun – Administrator Category Honoree
Dr. Chantae Calhoun serves as Dean of Instruction at CVCC and is responsible for the overall operation of instructional units of the College, including career/technical, occupational, and academic. She is also responsible for the Learning Resource Center and is a key collaborator in the College’s strategic planning efforts.
She supports faculty members in their efforts to provide quality instruction, and she is a champion for student success. She has worked tirelessly to secure articulation agreements with four-year colleges like Alabama State University, Birmingham Southern College, and Auburn University Montgomery.
Dr. Calhoun earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Alabama State University, a specialist from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and a doctorate from the University of Alabama.
She has a passion for education, is an avid sports fan, and enjoys spending time with her family.