Four Normandale Instructors receive Minnesota State Outstanding Educator honors

By Steven Geller - Director of Media and Public Relations

Four Normandale faculty members were designated 2021-22 Minnesota State Universities and Colleges Board of Trustees Outstanding Educators.

Biology instructor Carina Belinco, Chemistry instructor Amanda Hakemian, French instructor Catherine Pulling and Math instructor Thomas Sundquist were all recognized for their outstanding teaching and exemplary service to students. 

Dr. Belinco is the recipient of many teaching awards, and works tirelessly to help students make connections between science and their lived experiences, fostering their curiosity and helping them understand biological concepts and their impacts.

Embracing instructional experimentation, Dr. Hakieman explores formats such as online learning and using real-world examples, demonstrations, and short animations to prepare students for working on "Now You Try" problems, among other strategies. 

Dr. Pulling has devoted her career to serving students in language instruction, expanding their global and cultural opportunities and perspectives and along the way receiving 40 Phi Theta Kappa Golden Apple awards for teaching excellence.  

Winner of 17 Phi Theta Kappa Golden Apple awards for his inspirational teaching, Dr. Sundquist believes that learning should be a joy, and students recognize that he genuinely cares about their learning and success.  

The Board of Trustees award is bestowed upon Minnesota State faculty members to acknowledge and reward exceptional professional accomplishments and to encourage ongoing excellence in teaching. It recognizes the superior teaching at our colleges and universities and proclaims, on behalf of the entire system, the Board of Trustees' pride in the dedication and accomplishment of our faculty in providing instruction that prepares Minnesota's college and university students for professional, scholarly and civic lives. 

For more information, click on the Minnesota State Award Information page.