Career Education Corporation Honors Faculty Excellence With 12th Annual Educator Of The Year Awards

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. — At its 12th annual Educator of the Year Awards, Career Education Corporation (CEC) honored some of the finest instructors, among its more than 6,000 faculty members nationwide, for their dedication to student success.

“The quality of a faculty member can mean the difference between an average and an inspired education experience. Beyond developing engaging curriculum and innovative educational technologies, the interaction between faculty member and student is at the core of what we do,” said Steven H. Lesnik, chairman, president and chief executive officer of CEC.

Faculty, staff and administration submitted nearly 700 Educator of the Year nominations. More than 400 nominees elected to submit an application that was reviewed by a group of 50 internal reviewers. A team of 10 external academic experts reviewed the finalists and selected the winners in each of the four categories: Academic Leadership, Community Service, Instruction and Student Success. The winners are:

Dr. Sabrina Segal of American InterContinental University Online won the 2011 Educator of the Year Award in the Community Service category from Career Education Corporation. Chef Darryl Dela Cruz of Le Cordon Bleu in Seattle won the 2011 Educator of the Year Award in the Instruction category from Career Education Corporation. Phil Reinke of Sanford-Brown Institute in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., won the 2011 Educator of the Year Award in the Student Success category from Career Education Corporation. Matthew Baltzell of Sanford-Brown College in St. Peters, Mo., won the 2011 Educator of the Year Award in the Academic Leadership category from Career Education Corporation.

Academic Leadership: Matthew Baltzell, Sanford-Brown College – St. Peters, Mo.
Matthew Baltzell, an instructor and the Faculty Coach at the Sanford-Brown College in St. Peters, Mo., campus began work for the college in 2002 as an admissions representative. He became an instructor in the General Education Department in 2003. Since then, Matt served as Assistant Academic Dean for two-and-a-half years, and he has been the Online Advocate for his campus since the program began helping ground-based students succeed in online courses. He is the advisor for the Student Ambassadors organization, and is the President of P.R.I.D.E. (Professionalism, Recognition, Integrity, Drive and Excellence), the campus initiatives committee.

Baltzell earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in English and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Southern Illinois University. He began his teaching career in 1992 at Carbondale Community High School, in Carbondale, Ill., where he taught English for eight years.

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Finalists: Kristy Malacos, Sanford-Brown College – Cleveland; Amy Hrouda, Sanford-Brown College – Cleveland; Steven Lara, Sanford-Brown Institute – Garden City, N.J.

Community Service: Dr. Sabrina Segal, American InterContinental University (Online)

Dr. Sabrina Segal began teaching marketing at American InterContinental University (AIU) in 2002. This past year, Dr. Segal participated on the Editorial Boards for three CEC textbooks: Statistics, Marketing and E-commerce and appears in the Global Journal of Management and Business Research, a highly esteemed refereed publication. She produces and edits AIU’s online publication, The MarketingScene, a social media website that has offered publishing opportunities to more than 600 students since its inception in 2008. Dr. Segal has published works on culture, organizational commitment and online education, and has presented at 10 University in-service events since 2007.

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