raymond – the fall 2019 group of honorees in the hinds heroes employee recognition program at hinds community college have been named.
hinds heroes are chosen because they represent the college well, provide exceptional customer service to all its customers and consistently promote the hinds mission of service. heroes selected receive a lapel pin, a token of appreciation and one free day off work.
in alphabetical order, this semester’s honorees and a quote from the nomination are as follows:
- margaret “nita” burchfield, of raymond, business administration instructor, department chair and curriculum coordinator, based on the raymond campus. in addition to teaching, she ensures curriculum is consistent across the district. she has been with hinds for six years. “nita is always looking for ways to help her students, her coworkers and hinds in general! nita is always using a new technique or tool that will garner mastery of the outcomes in her courses.”
- william everett carraway, of utica, history instructor at the vicksburg-warren campus. he has been with hinds for 10 years. “he is an excellent instructor who cares about his students and is well-deserving of the recognition.”
- kathryn cole, of clinton, district director of enrollment services, based on the raymond campus. her duties include overseeing recruitment efforts for hinds’ six locations and providing holistic enrollment services to prospective students. she has been with hinds for 14 years. “kathryn is amazing! she is very knowledgeable about every aspect of the college. she is a one-stop shop of information.”
- betty collins, of raymond, mathematics department instructor and chair, based on the raymond campus. she teaches classes both on campus and online. she has been with hinds for seven years. “besides being a great chair, she is a great teacher, leader, co-worker and friend to all. she treats everyone with respect and kindness
- stephanie henderson-davis, of raymond, financial aid adviser on the raymond campus. her duties include collecting all required data for determining student eligibility for title iv funds; advising students and families regarding federal, state and institutional guidelines and assisting students in person and via technology. she has been with hinds for 32 years. “she goes above and beyond her duties to make sure that every student has the chance at an education! she has truly been my hero more than once!”
- angela hite, of raymond, administrative assistant and hi-stepper director on the raymond campus. her duties include assisting the associate vice president for student services/district dean of students, directing homecoming court presentations, the miss hinds competition and the eagle beauty revue. as director of the hi-steppers, she has a range of duties including recruiting dancers and scheduling performances. she has been with hinds for 26 years. “she is always going above and beyond for her students and the hi-stepper alumni. she wears a smile no matter what and is always encouraging students to do their best and keep their heads up.”
- phatia mcclellan, of jackson, biology instructor and department chair at jackson campus-academic/technical center. her duties include leading instructors with academic instruction and advising the campus’ phi theta kappa chapter. she has been with hinds full-time for one year and seven overall, including six as adjunct faculty. “she is an awesome instructor and is willing to help her students succeed no matter what.”
- tangela myles, of brandon, director of the child care facility at the rankin campus. her duties include caring for the children who attend the center, plus overseeing the safety procedures. she has been with hinds for 19 years. “she makes sure that the childcare center on the rankin campus runs smoothly and without problems. she is a great boss and a good person to work for.”
- kathy price, of terry, senior advancement specialist on the raymond campus. her duties include being the financial manager for all accounts held by the hinds community college foundation. she has been with hinds for 22 years. “kathy has taken on additional responsibilities with the new market tax credit and is the ‘glue’ that holds it all together.”
- ronald rice, of wesson, instructor in the carpentry program on the raymond campus. he has been with hinds for 10 years. “those who have had the privilege of working with him have discovered a special person and friend. many former hinds community college employees are now recipients of treasured items he crafted, showcasing his master craftsman talents as a carpenter.”
- jennifer ross, of raymond, administrative assistant in the career-technical education department at the raymond campus. her duties include managing spending and budgets for several departments, purchasing equipment and handling inventory. she has been with hinds for six years. “her skills and knowledge of computer operations and software are performed at a level of expertise. she is always pleasant and takes initiative.”
- tiffany taylor, of utica, administrative assistant in the career-technical education department at the utica campus. her duties include a variety of clerical functions, including handling mail, filing correspondence, scheduling, keeping staff meeting minutes and recordkeeping. she has been with hinds for nine years. “tiffany is an outstanding employee. she goes far above and beyond what is required of her on a daily basis.”