At the recent 34th annual convention of the Virginia Community College Association at Wintergreen Resort, one faculty and one staff member from Rappahannock Community College were showcased in special presentations recognizing consistently outstanding performance in their fields. Carrie Lewis and Karen Turner were chosen to represent the college on this important occasion.
To qualify for this honor, faculty members must demonstrate excellence in teaching. Also, both faculty and staff honorees must have made significant contributions to education in general and to their own colleges in particular, as well as showing a continuing interest in their own personal and professional development.
Associate professor Carrie Lewis is a member of the nursing faculty on RCC’s Warsaw Campus. She is a graduate of RCC’s associate-degree nursing program, from which she went on to earn a bachelor of science degree in health sciences from James Madison University, a bachelor of science degree in nursing from Old Dominion University, and a master of science degree in nursing from Virginia Commonwealth University. In addition to winning RCC’s Professional Excellence in Teaching Award in 2015, she was nominated for the 2016 March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Award, which honors the top nurses from across Virginia.
Lewis has been a member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses since 2005, the National League for Nurses since 2009, and the Virginia State Simulation Alliance since 2015. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling.
Representing RCC’s staff was King George site supervisor Karen Turner, who is also an RCC graduate, holding an Associate of Arts and Sciences degree, summa cum laude, in general studies. During her time as an RCC students, she became a member of “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges” and the Warsaw chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, which she served as co-president.
As King George site supervisor, Turner promotes RCC’s interests through public relations and recruitment activities in the King George region. She also serves as liaison with the county’s public school system, including dual enrollment students, and with Dahlgren’s Naval Surface Warfare Center, which often calls on RCC for classes to meet the needs of its military and civilian employees. Turner’s outside interests include singing, church attendance, and spending time with her family.