Blinn College has recognized four instructors with 2019 Teaching Excellence Awards.
Drama instructor Jennifer Patrick, foreign languages instructor Nilsa Pérez-Cabrera, health information technology instructor Brenda Walker and English instructor Audrey Wick were honored for their innovative approaches to student success, according to a statement from the college.
Patrick has been a part-time faculty member for Blinn’s Theatre Arts Program at the Brenham campus since 2010. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Southwestern University and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro.
Before working at Blinn, Patrick was an assistant lecturer at Texas A&M University.
Pérez-Cabrera came to Blinn in 2003 and has taught psychology and Spanish. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in psychology from the University of Puerto Rico and a Master of Arts in Spanish from Texas A&M University. She is pursuing her Ph.D. in educational psychology at Texas A&M University.
In addition to her courses at Blinn’s Bryan campus, Pérez-Cabrera serves as an instructor and coordinator for Blinn’s Study Abroad Program in Granada, Spain. She also is a member of the Texas Community College Teachers Association, the National Association for Chicana & Chicano Studies and has presented her work at numerous conferences.
Walker joined Blinn as a health information technology instructor in 2016, after 30 years of working in various managerial roles at hospitals. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from East Texas Baptist College, Master of Science in Health Informatics from Walden University, Master of Science in Health Information Management from the College of St. Scholastica, and is pursuing her Ed.D. with a specialty in e-learning from Northcentral University.