Teaching became a happy accident for Felecia Cantwell before working as an instructor at NMSU Carlsbad. While pursuing her master’s degree in criminal justice, she decided to take up teaching college bridge courses to high school students in her spare time.
“I just did it because it sounded interesting and different, and I ended up loving it,” Cantwell said. “Teaching didn’t start out as my career plan at all, but I’ve continued to enjoy it and am very passionate about it.”
Now entering her fifth year of teaching sociology, college life and success, and human growth and behavior, Cantwell has also become the recipient of this year’s Roush Award. The Award, a prize given to community college instructors for outstanding teaching, is determined by an anonymous survey voted on by students. Recipients address students at graduation and attend the NISOD (National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development) Conference. While there, Cantwell will also receive an Excellence in Teaching Award.