Dawn Bilbrey was nominated by a colleague who wishes to remain anonymous. Her nominator supervised her as a Summer Instructor, Tutor, and Workshop Coordinator for low-income students.
"In this supervisory role, I was able to formally evaluate her teaching skills and personally experience the passion, drive and energy she exudes when she is working with students," the nominator said. "Her constant willingness to enrich students' lives in the Eastern New Mexico area gave our program the opportunity to utilize her incredible skills to enhance the learning and engagement of the 55 students in our program."
During this academic year, Ms. Bilbrey served as a Tutor and Workshop Coordinator for her students in the Upward Bound Program. She prepared a multitude of English-related workshops that included essay writing, ACT writing skills, and poetry interpretation. Ms. Bilbrey is able to engage with students at all levels and abilities, empowering them with the basic skills needed to transfer back into the classroom and assist on standardized tests. During her ACT workshops, she developed individualized programs to support each student's needs. Recieving this one-on-one feedback helped the students build their writing skills, become more confident and achieve higher scores.
Ms. Bilbrey has also served as a Summer Instructor at Clovis Community College for the past three years. Teaching two to three classes each summer, she would let her creativity shine during the largely self-guided summer courses. Her diversity in teaching various content areas was seen through the variety of classes she took on, including creative writing, theater, pop culture, historical readings and narratives.
"Our students would consistently praise their experience in her classroom as hands-on and engaging," the nominator said. "The preparatory work, in-class delivery of creative and engaging lessons, and student follow-through is why we kept asking Ms. Bilbrey back year after year."
"It is inspiring to watch her spirit come to life when she is working with students of all backgrounds, and it is this passion that makes her students as engaged and excited as she is about the topics that she presents to them," the nominator continued. "Professionally, I enthusiastically recommend Ms. Dawn Bilbrey for this award, as she embodies all of the characteristics that make her a truly impactful and inspiring teacher."
The impact that Ms. Bilbrey has on students in both her summer courses and school year classroom cannot be denied. Students feel safe as risk takers in their learning, empowered as individuals, and confident as they leave her classroom moving forward in their learning journey. Ms. Bilbrey is indeed a LifeChanger.