Nowell Vincent and Dr. Erik Arthun are the master teachers of 2013 at the Larimer Campus of Front Range Community College.
Vincent is director of the Interior Design Program. She has undergraduate degrees in theater and interior design and a master’s degree in interior design from Colorado State University. Vincent started her career as a commercial and residential designer for new construction and remodeling. After teaching a class at FRCC, she was hooked, and began teaching full time. She continues to work as an independent designer. Her certifications include LEED AP ID+C (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional Interior Design and Construction), CKD (Certified Kitchen Designer), and NCIDQ (National Council for Interior Design Qualification Accredited Professional).
Arthun is a microbiology instructor. He has a bachelor’s degree in biology education from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., and a Ph.D. from the Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology from Colorado State University. He has been a graduate teaching assistant at CSU and has taught eighth grade earth science, 10th grade biology, and 12th grade physics in North Dakota.
Here is what some students said in nominating Vincent:
- “She has a high concern for student needs. She is a great motivator of students toward success.”
- “Nowell’s teaching ability is outstanding. Her lessons are always clear, with visual examples. She runs her own interior design business, has worked at many firms, and always has personal examples to share.”
- “She gives everyone in the class attention even when they don’t ask. That’s the sign of a very good teacher.”
And here is what students wrote about Arthun:
- “As a premedical student and Colorado-licensed teacher with almost 300 credit hours earned across diverse subjects, I can say unequivocally that Dr. Arthun is absolutely the best college-level teacher from whom I have had the good fortune of learning.”
- “He helped all of us in the future of our medical careers to be the best nurses that we can be and learn the best ways to help our patients.”
- “His extraordinary enthusiasm for microbiology is, excuse the pun, infectious. He seems to understand the way students learn, and provides clear and precise instruction to everyone. He makes difficult labs a lot less stressful by walking students through every step.”
About Front Range Community College
FRCC is a member of the Colorado Community College System, the state’s largest system of higher education. CCCS serves more than 162,000 students annually. The system oversees career and academic programs in the 13 state community colleges and career and technical programs in more than 160 school districts and six other post-secondary institutions.