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2010 Teachers of the Year

And the winners are...

JoAnn C. Scofield, RDH, M.S.
Dental Hygiene Teacher of the Year

JoAnn ScofieldJoAnn C. Scofield, associate professor and clinic coordinator in the Caruth School of Dental Hygiene, joined the Texas A&M Health Science Center Baylor College of Dentistry faculty as a part-time clinical instructor in 1999.  In 2000, she joined the full-time faculty of Collin County Community College District and returned to HSC-BCD as a full-time faculty member in 2002. 

Scofield received her Certificate of Dental Hygiene from the University of Pennsylvania.  After 16 years in private practice, she became an OSHA Authorized Outreach Trainer as well as a certified trainer for a leading dental software company.  Deciding that teaching was her ultimate career goal, she returned to school to earn her bachelor's degree from the University of North Texas and her master's degree in Dental Hygiene Education from HSC-BCD. 

In addition to her position at the dental school, Scofield serves as a consultant to the American Dental Association's Council on Dental Practice, serving on the Dentists' Well-Being Advisory Committee.  She is also on the advisory boards for the Dallas County Dental Society's peer assistance program, Dentists Concerned for Dentists, Staff and Families, and the Professional Recovery Network, which is the peer assistance program for the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners. 

As an educator, Scofield strives to teach her students how to enhance their critical thinking skills. She believes students must take ownership of their learning in order for them to become lifelong learners, which is essential to their continued success as health care providers.  She has a passion for teaching and says, "I love the challenge of working with students.  It is a joy to be a part of their growth from student to professional.  My only regret is that I didn't get into education sooner."

Read more about JoAnn Scofield in this month's Employee Profile.


David M. Grogan, D.D.S., M.S.D.
Dental Teacher of the Year

David GroganDr. David M. Grogan received his dental degree from HSC-Baylor College of Dentistry in 1981 and a master's degree and certificate in oral and maxillofacial surgery in 1986.  In fall 1999, he returned to his alma mater as an assistant professor in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.  Grogan was appointed associate professor and chairman of the department in 2007.

Prior to dental school, he attended Baylor University where he received a bachelor's degree in 1976 and a master's degree in 1978.  Grogan had a private practice in Waco, Texas, from 1986 to 1999, specializing in oral and maxillofacial surgery.  While a student at HSC-BCD, he received the Southwest Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons Honor Award in 1981.

His many professional associations include the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Southwest Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and fellowship in the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. Grogan is a past president of the Texas Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and a member of the American Dental Association and Texas Dental Association.  In 2008, he was appointed to serve on the examination committee of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

Grogan's teaching philosophy is an amalgamation of the educators who inspired him.  As an educator, he says he strives toward two goals.  The first is professionalism -- a commitment to continue updating and re-educating himself so as to be of greater benefit to the students.  The second goal is to teach in an enthusiastic and non-demeaning manner.  To inspire enthusiasm, he encourages students to problem solve and become involved with the subjects they are studying.  Grogan says it is truly an honor to be entrusted with educating our next generation of dental professionals.