Teacher of the Year 2012
Dr. Charles Arcoria, associate professor in restorative sciences, and Keri Pearson, clinical assistant professor in dental hygiene
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Arcoria and Pearson on guiding principals in the clinic and what students look for in their instructors
There’s a reason why students selected Dr. Charles Arcoria and Keri Pearson as the 2012 Dental and Dental Hygiene Teachers of the Year. Learn more about Arcoria’s and Pearson’s teaching philosophies and what motivates them, in their own words.
Dental Teacher of the Year: Dr. Charles Arcoria, associate professor in restorative sciences
Guiding principle that impacts how Arcoria interacts with students each time he steps foot in the clinic or classroom:
Instructors should always be mindful to interact with professional students in an understanding, compassionate and deliberate manner. An instructor should utilize all of the available technological resources, in addition to the effective use of their time and talents when teaching. ... The prevailing goal is to be certain that every student completely understands what tasks need to be accomplished and then to help them successfully complete these tasks in a timely manner.
Qualities dental students consider most valuable in their instructors:
Historically, a student desires to have instructors who are very organized in their personal and professional lives, exude a measure of confidence in their actions, exert a considerable amount of intentional self-discipline, while altogether providing consistent and clinically relevant educational content.
Dental Hygiene Teacher of the Year: Keri Pearson, clinical assistant professor
Guiding principle that impacts how Pearson interacts with students each time she steps foot in the clinic:
Treat the students the way I would want to be treated — with patience, respect and compassion. These are the same qualities that I think are valuable in professors and students.
Qualities dental hygiene students consider most valuable in their instructors:
As a dental hygienist and instructor it is so important to be patient, respectful and compassionate. Students and patients want to know their concerns and feelings are being heard and taken care of in a meaningful and productive manner.