Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Mandy Hanks, an adjunct instructor in Tri-County Technical College's Expanded Duty Dental Assisting program, received the College's 2014 Adjunct Faculty Presidential Award May 6. 

Mandy Hanks Receives Adjunct Faculty Presidential Award


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                           5/6/2014

                                                                                                (By Lisa Garrett)

             PENDLETON --- Mandy Hanks, an adjunct instructor in Tri-County Technical College's Expanded Duty Dental Assisting program, received the College's 2014 Adjunct Faculty Presidential Award May 6.

            This award is given annually at the spring faculty/staff convocation to the adjunct faculty member who is recognized for excellence in teaching, who has consistently high student evaluations and who supports the philosophy and goals of the College.

             Mrs. Hanks, an Iva resident and licensed dental hygienist with a specialty in pediatric dentistry, has served as a classroom lecturer as well as a lab and clinical coordinator in the program since 2009.

            "I'm truly honored to receive such a prestigious award," said Hanks.  "Teaching is so rewarding and I am blessed to have the opportunity to make an impact on students in a field of study that is so near and dear to my heart.  I look forward to what the future has in store for my career here at Tri-County."

           "Mandy's ability to connect with her students and her talent at teaching simple concepts, as well as more advanced topics, are truly superior. She has a deep passion for the success of each student and is intent on graduating well qualified and educated students for our workforce.  Mandy has become an integral part of this program and our College," said Donna Palmer, department head for allied health and program coordinator for dental assisting at the College.

           "During the summer semester, Mandy is assigned to clinical sites for student evaluations and she always presents herself professionally to our affiliating dentists and their staff. She is respected by her peers and our students as a well-educated and disciplined professional," added Palmer.

           Hanks's expertise in dentistry has enabled her to teach a variety of courses, which include Clinical Procedures, Dental Morphology, Dental Health Education, Oral Medicine/Oral Biology, Dental Radiography, Dental Office Management, Dental Specialties, Dental Office Experience, and Ethics and Professionalism.  These classes include lecture, clinical and lab components.

           She annually contacts Schick technology and arranges a training session on digital radiography, which enables her to give the students new techniques and methods for positioning digital sensors and maintaining the equipment.

           "Mandy is innovative and is always making improvements to keep the students engaged and ensure their success," said Palmer.  "Her evaluations have always been very positive.  The students respect her as a role model and Dental Assistant professional. She possesses a strong moral character, integrity and commitment to student success."

          Palmer said Hanks was instrumental in developing and organizing program material and the department for the Commission on Dental Accreditation re-accreditation site visit in 2010. She participated in the interview process conducted by the site team to answer questions concerning the curriculum, teaching methodology and assessment techniques within the program, said Palmer.

         "Mandy has always been eager to help and willing to accept additional requests within her teaching assignments and responsibilities. She accomplishes tasks with great initiative, detailed organization and maintains a very positive attitude. She has been instrumental in preparing students for their career opportunities and success in the dental field," said Shannon.

         Mrs. Hanks also has assisted in community education projects for the program, including National Dental Health Month, Tri-County Dental Society meetings, and Dental Assisting Student Organization meetings, in addition to national and state meetings.

           A Tri-County alumna, Hanks graduated from the Expanded Duty Dental Assisting Program in 2002. While in the program she received the award for academic excellence. She continued her education at Greenville Technical College and received her associate degree in dental hygiene. In 2011. She graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina with a 4.0 GPA in health sciences and the highest honor in her class.   She and her husband, Zack, live in Iva with their son, Creighton.


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