Pottstown Instructor Receives Teaching Excellence Award

Montgomery County Community College Education Instructor Lara Ferris, standing with her husband Paul Ferris, is a recipient of the College’s Teaching Excellence Award

POTTSTOWN PA – Lara Ferris, a Pottstown resident who works as a part-time education senior lecturer at Montgomery County Community College, recently was named the latest recipient of the college Teaching Excellence Award, it announced Tuesday (Oct. 27, 2020). The college acknowledged Ferris’ “above and beyond” efforts to help her students succeed in the classroom.

Teaching excellence awards recognize full-time and part-time faculty whose teaching is intellectually stimulating, accessible for all students, and demonstrates a commitment to the well-being of students both inside and outside of the classroom. Ferris’ honor was presented during an online ceremony.

“I love what I do and I love working at Montco,” Ferris said of the college. “The people and the students there are so nice. To be honored, and know that what I love to do is meaningful to other people, brings me happiness and joy.”

Ferris began her career at MCCC in 2002 as a developmental reading teacher. Very quickly though, the Education Department asked if she could teach a math methods course and she soon found herself working in both the Reading and Education Departments teaching various courses. For the last two years, she’s taught solely in the Education Department. She currently teaches three classes and supports students in Tutorial Services.

Ferris’ love of teaching began at an early age. She grew up in Northeastern Pennsylvania in the Scranton PA suburb of Honesdale. Her mom was a teacher and Ferris remembers playing school as a child. “I liked helping my mom grade spelling tests,” she said. “I enjoyed the work she was doing and was always a fan of school. I thought why not work where I love?”

Ferris earned a degree in elementary education with an early childhood education certificate but said even then she knew wanted to work at the college level. After years of teaching at the elementary level, she and her husband Paul moved to the area and she saw an advertisement for an open position at the college. “It just worked out,” she said.

College President Victoria L. Bastecki-Perez thanked Ferris for her service. “Thank you for everything that you do. Not only inside the classroom, but outside of the classroom. Know that your legacy has and will continue to make a difference not only in the lives of our students as they become professionals, but also in the children and youth whose lives they will touch,” she said.

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