Every semester full-time and associate faculty in NTCC’s Division of Humanities and Social Sciences can select an outstanding student, who is exceptional in some way. This semester, History Professor John Russo nominated Maria Valdelamar.
Professor Russo explained that “She dropped out of high school in her tenth grade year. Now, a wife and mother of three kids, she is graduating in May! She completed 1301 and will finish 1302 at the end of the semester. English is her second language but Maria has really applied herself. She takes the initiative and requests constructive feedback to improve her understanding of the material and produce quality assignments. She attended all class sessions punctually and is determined to succeed! She will transfer to A&M Commerce and work toward a Bachelor and later Masters in counseling.”
Upon learning of her award, Maria Valdelamar commented, “When I first learned about my nomination as an outstanding student, I was excited and proud! It is nice to know that my hard work and effort is recognized. When I saw my degree plan for the first time, I was not excited that I had to take a history course. I have never really enjoyed history. I can say I do not regret taking history with Professor Russo. He is an amazing professor. He makes class very fun and interesting. I took two courses with Professor Russo and I learned a lot. I can say NTCC is lucky to have a professor that goes above and beyond for his students. He was always available during office hours. He is a professor that teaches his material well. I am honored to be recognized and grateful to be the recipient of this nomination.”