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April 29, 2011

Blinn’s Professional Association gives Sealy instructor top honors

GayeLynn ThomasThe Blinn College Professional Association selected Eagle Lake native GayeLynn Thomas as one of this year’s Teaching Excellence Award winners.

Sealy English and Speech Instructor Thomas received the award for the Brenham, Schulenburg and Sealy campuses. The Bryan campus will announce their winners on May 4. The recipients will be honored at Blinn’s 128th commencement ceremony May 13 in Brenham.

Thomas, a teacher for 27 years, has taught English and speech at Blinn for 14 years. She’s been at the Sealy campus since it opened in 2005. Thomas often provides tutoring sessions for students – whether in her class or not – that need assistance on writing assignments. When asked why she chose education as a career, she said she “particularly enjoys watching the students grow and develop over time. One of the advantages of teaching on a small campus is the opportunity to really get to know my students.”

A student who nominated her wrote, “Mrs. Thomas expresses herself clearly in the classroom, is always glad to answer questions that arise and explains the material presented in an interesting manner. Her actions are, in my opinion, beyond what is required of an instructor.”    

Blinn College and the association give teaching excellence awards annually to faculty who communicate knowledge and experience while motivating and developing students' intellectual abilities and academic talents. Award recipients receive a $250 stipend and an engraved plaque.