Ridgewater College faculty member Gayne Stone was named the 2011 Minnesota State College Student Association (MSCSA) Instructor of the Year.Â Â
The Instructor of the Year award is a true honor because the nominations come from students and the recipient is chosen by MSCSA student leadership. Stone was nominated for the award by Jordan Dettmann, Columba Nwosu and the Student Senate from Ridgwaterâ€™s Willmar campus to honor and recognize him as a top faculty member in the MnSCU system who has inspired and positively impacted students.Â
Stone has taught math at Ridgewater Collegeâ€™s Willmar campus since 2000. Combine that with his many years as a high school teacher and counselor at Willmar High School, and he has over 50 years of teaching experience.
â€œIt is unreal how Gayne is able to slow down a class. He shows more than one way to do a problem. Everything is laid out for you step by step. He does not give up on us, so we donâ€™t give up on him,â€ said a Ridgewater student in the award nomination materials.Â
Stone accepted the award this past Saturday, April 16, 2011 at the MSCSA Annual Awards Dinner. He was accompanied by his wife and several students from Ridgewater College-Willmar.Â
The Minnesota State College Student represents students attending the stateâ€™s two-year technical, community, and comprehensive colleges on 47 campuses advocating for more than 100,000 students across the state.