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A Miami Dade College Professor Named Florida Professor of the Year

Four MDC Professors have Received Honor in Last decade
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MDC Professor Elizabeth Nicoli-Suco

Miami, November 19, 2010 - The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) today named Miami Dade College (MDC) math professor, Elizabeth Nicoli-Suco, of the Wolfson Campus, Florida Professor of the Year from a large field of top educators.

Nicoli-Suco has a proven track-record of success in teaching mathematics and motivating all levels of students from college-prep to Calculus-track. Her philosophy on education is the notion that - each student is a unique individual and must be treated with respect. The relationship between student and instructor is grounded in mutual trust. The student must be taught how to learn and how to think. Therefore, education is really little more than a process in which the student learns how to learn. The ultimate purpose of education is to produce individuals who strive for excellence for themselves, their peers, and their community.

Recently, Nicoli-Suco has been accepted as a participant in the Global Skills for College Completion Project (GSCC) along with 25 other mathematics and English faculty from different community colleges.  This group of faculty will work on creating innovations that will transform how people teach and think about basic skills in English and mathematics in the United States.

A graduate of the University of Miami, Nicoli-Suco obtained a bachelor’s and master’s in mathematics. She is also a recipient of MDC’s Simon Bolivar Endowed Teaching Chair.

CASE established the professor of the year program in 1981 and the Carnegie Foundation became a co-sponsor the following year. TIAA-CREF, one of America’s leading financial services organizations and higher education’s premier retirement system, became the primary sponsor for the awards ceremony in 2000.

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching was founded in 1905 by Andrew Carnegie. The Foundation is the only advanced study center for educators in the world and the third oldest foundation in the nation. Case is the largest international association of education institutions with more than 3,200 members from 50 countries.

Previously, MDC professors Alberto Meza (2003), Dr. Ana Cruz (2005) and Dr. Sandra Schultz (2009) were recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of teaching and CASE as Professors of the Year.

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