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10 Cuesta teachers honored for excellence 

Alpha Gamma Sigma (AGS), Cuesta College’s academic honor society and service organization for students, recently honored 10 instructors for going above and beyond expectations and influencing students’ academic success at the sixth annual 2016 AGS Teacher Appreciation Night ceremony on the San Luis Obispo Campus.

The mission of AGS is to promote and recognize academic excellence. The instructors were nominated by AGS members and selected by AGS Executive Cabinet officers. “Cuesta College has many excellent teachers and the goal of these awards is to show faculty how much their hard work is valued by the students,” said AGS faculty advisor Dr. Christopher Gilbert.

The award recipients, who have served the college for a collective of 122 years, are:

Miranda Canestro (biology): 9 years
Tanya Downing (business education): 12 years
Richard Goldsmith (electronics and electrical technology): 9 years
Steven Hendricks (biology): 11 years
Marcy Irving (music): 11 years
Patrick Len (astronomy): 13 years
Stephen Leon (English): 18 years
Amanda Lombard (mathematics): 3 years
Aaron Rodrigues (political science): 25 years
Nabil Zakaria (tutorial services): 11 years

View the full video of the entire 2016 AGS Teacher Appreciation Night ceremony below:

Alpha Gamma Sigma is a state-wide community college student honor society with the purpose of fostering, promoting, maintaining and recognizing scholarship. The Gamma chapter at Cuesta College provides members with scholarship opportunities, social activities and leadership-building skills. For more information, contact the Student Life & Leadership Office at (805) 546-3289.




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