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Michele Hancock named 2019-20 AUS Teacher of the Year

  • Professor Michele Hancock


Karlyn Kattenbraker

May 17, 2020

Professor of Education Michele Hancock was named the 2019-2020 Adult Undergraduate Studies Teacher of the Year.

The AUS Teacher of the Year Award is given to a faculty member teaching in the 7-week evening program during the current academic school year. The faculty member demonstrates excellence both in their field and in working with adult students.

Prof. Hancock began at Carthage in 2014 and has taught undergraduate courses in Education as well as courses in the Master’s of Education and Master of Science in Business Design and Innovation programs. She also co-developed and implemented the Urban Teacher Preparation Program, and designed and implemented the Equity and Inclusion Certification Program at Carthage.

Prof. Hancock received her Ed.D. in Executive Leadership from St. John Fisher College. She was an elementary classroom teacher for 25 years and served numerous years in school administration as a vice-principal of curriculum and instruction in a middle school, six years as an elementary school principal, five years in various school district roles, and eventually serving as KUSD school superintendent for three-plus years.

Michele was nominated for this award by Nohemi Lopez, who says, “Dr. Michele Hancock has been one of the most creative and dedicated instructors I have had during my years at Carthage. I truly enjoyed her ability to successfully engage every student in the class. Every assignment we had made us think outside of the box and brought out our creative side. As an adult student, I believe she is able to understand the lives of each one of us and is able to allow the flexibility needed while achieving our goals for the class. After every class, I felt like there was always something I learned and something that I will use in life during my career. I truly appreciate her knowledge and willingness to help others be successful in life for a better future.”

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Hancock as the AUS Teacher of the Year!