WyDEC Master Distance Educator Awards

For the past several years, WyDEC has presented Master Distance Educator Awards to outstanding faculty from each of the member colleges. Criteria for this award include:

  • Inspiring passion and commitment from his or her students
  • Using available technology to enhance varied learning styles
  • Participating in ongoing professional development opportunities
  • Communicating best practices and pedagogy of online learning

Below is a partial list of award winners from the past.



  • Colleen Bartlett, Education Instructor, CWC
  • Kristine Clark, Nutrition Instructor, WWCC
  • Ellen Ostheimer Creagar, J.D., Humanities Instructor, EWC
  • Mary Keller, Ph.D., Religious Studies Instructor, UW
  • Kerri Mahlum, Ph.D., Education Instructor, CC
  • Mathematics Team: Martin Stensing, Don Anderson, Neil Waite, NWC
  • Dawn Puente, Healthcare Administration Instructor, LCCC
  • Nikki Smiley, Health/Fitness Instructor, NWCCD


  • Ryan Campbell, English Instructor, WWCC
  • Kent Drummond, Professor of Business, UW
  • Connie Fisk, Agriculture Instructor, NWCCD
  • Muriel de Ganahl, Education Instructor, EWC
  • Jessica Hurless, Communication Instructor, CC
  • Trent Morrell, Geoscience Instructor, LCCC
  • Kristine Walker, Education Instructor, NWC
  • Val Whitmore, Mathematics Instructor, CWC

2012-2013 – no conference


  • Keri De Deo, English Instructor, NWCCD
  • Heidi Edmunds, Social Science Instructor, EWC
  • Ignacia “Nish” Ferrero, Spanish Instructor, WWCC
  • Kimberly Fields, English Instructor, LCCC
  • Bill Mixer, Water Quality Instructor, CC
  • Connie Moore, Spanish Instructor, NWC
  • Dr. R. Timothy Rush, Professor in Elementary Education, UW
  • Angel Sparkman, Business Instructor, CWC


  • Dan Alberghetti, Network & Web Design Instructor, NWCCD
  • Dr. Debra Beck, UW
  • Betty DeRentis, Accounting Instructor, WWCC
  • Coventry Dougherty-Woodin, Science Instructor, EWC
  • Dr. Micah Humphreys, Agriculture Instructor, NWC
  • Bernadino Madsen, Medical Sciences Instructor, CC
  • Dr. Brett McDonald, Meteorology Instructor, CWC
  • Gina Turner, Communications Instructor, LCCC


  • Don Anderson, Mathematics Instructor, NWC
  • Ray DeWitt, Mathematics Instructor, EWC
  • Gary Fleishman, UW
  • Michael Manning, Rural Health and Safety Instructor, CWC
  • Lisa McClure, WWCC
  • Sharyn Polley, CC
  • Patty Terry, NWCCD
  • Robert Van Cleave, LCCC


  • Ann Avery, English Instructor, CWC
  • Marty Finch, CC
  • Dianne Quealy-Berge, Social Sciences Instructor, EWC
  • Karen Wendel, Business/Computer Application Instructor, Gillette Campus NWCCD
  • William Wiggins, WWCC


  • Tina Christinck, Biology Instructor, EWC
  • Donna Drew, NWCCD
  • Carla Hester-Croff, Computer Science Instructor, WWCC
  • Jeff Hosking, Rural Health and Safety Instructor, CWC
  • Rob Koelling, English Instructor, Humanities Division Chair, NWC
  • Patricia Landy, LCCC
  • Paul Marquard, Engineering Instructor, CC
  • Sean Valentine, UW


  • David Barkan, Chemistry/Mathematics Instructor, NWC
  • Randy Fetzer, English Instructor, LCCC
  • Robbi Marvel, Business/Computer Applications Instructor, EWC
  • Susan Nelson, Mathematics Instructor, CC
  • Jennifer Sorensen, English Instructor, WWCC
  • Kathy Wells, Nursing Instructor, CWC
  • Karen Wendel, Business/Computer Application Instructor, Gillette Campus NWCCD


  • Ruth Doyle, Ed.D., Education/Psychology Instructor, CC
  • Jim Hissong, Adjunct Political Sicence Instructor, WWCC
  • Dr. Larry Hubbell, Professor of Political Science, UW
  • Jeremy M. Johnston, History Instructor, NWC
  • Debra Kayser, Business Instructor, Sheridan Campus NWCCD
  • Ron Medina, Art Instructor, LCCC
  • Melissa Meeboer, Business/Accounting Instructor, EWC
  • Stacey Stanek, Nursing Instructor, CWC


  • Aaron Bahmer, Instructional Technologist and Adjunct Instructor, EWC
  • Mercedes Batty, Sheridan Campus NWCCD
  • Dudley Cole, Automotive and Welding Instructor, CWC
  • Deborah Koelling, English Instructor, NWC
  • Sandra Mitchell, WWCC
  • Leah Noonan, Computer Support Specialist Instructor, LCCC
  • Kelly Politte, CC
  • Mark Sunderman, Professor of Finance, UW