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Three colleges in Washington County honor teachers of the year

April 30, 2002|BY JULIE E. GREENE

Three local colleges honored their teachers of the year last week.

Psychology professor Tom Beecroft was named Hagerstown Community College's professor of the year.

Beecroft, 56, of Hagerstown, started teaching at HCC in January 1984. He is a practicing psychologist who holds a doctorate.

Beecroft said this was the second time he received the honor. He was professor of the year in 1991-92.

"There are so many outstanding teachers at the college that deserve it too," Beecroft said Monday.

Beecroft was nominated and elected for the honor by his peers, said Ronald Kepple, chairman of the behavioral and social sciences/business division.

"He had an outstanding evaluation and has always been very student-oriented," Kepple said.

Beecroft makes learning fun and makes his students feel involved with hands-on activities, Kepple said.

Cathy Ashley-Cotleur was named professor of the year for Frostburg State University's Hagerstown Center.


Ashley-Cotleur teaches marketing and field experience or entrepreneurship for the college's master's in business administration program.

She was chosen by the college's program coordinators because of the effect her work has had on the community and because she and one of her students won a national award, Director Jim Shaw said.

Students in her field experience or entrepreneurship class do research projects useful to various local businesses, agencies or groups, Shaw said.

Ashley-Cotleur and student Mary Plank were honored this year by the Small Business Institute Directors' Association for the marketing plan Plank created for Discovery Station.

This is the first time the Hagers-town Center has named a professor of the year, Shaw said.

Ashley-Cotleur, 53, of Hagers-town, began teaching at the college in 1984.

She said she received a plaque and a certificate for $400 to be used for educational materials.

James B. Rich III was named professor of the year at Hagers-town Business College, said Teresa Adams, HBC's director of career services.

Rich is chairman of the legal division and is in charge of the legal assistant program, Adams said. Legal assistants are similar to paralegals.

Rich, 49, of Martinsburg, W.Va., has taught at HBC since 1993, Adams said.

He was nominated for the honor by students and selected by the management team, Adams said.

"He has been a student favorite for many, many years," Adams said.

Rich is HBC's first professor of the year, Adams said. He received a chair decorated with the school's seal and his name.

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