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NewsWednesday, May 9, 2012
Donna Shannon, a registered dental hygienist, certified dental assistant and department head for Tri-County Technical College's Allied Health/Expanded Duty Dental Assisting program, was honored with the Presidential Medallion for Instructional Excellence at the College's spring commencement.
Donna Shannon Receives Presidential Medallion for Instructional Excellence
CONTACT: LISA GARRETT, 646-1506
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 5/10/2012
(By Lisa Garrett)
PENDLETON --- Donna Shannon, a registered dental hygienist, certified dental assistant and department head for Tri-County Technical College's Allied Health/Expanded Duty Dental Assisting program, was honored May 7 with the highest award presented to the faculty. She received the Presidential Medallion for Instructional Excellence at the College's spring commencement.
Dr. Ronnie L. Booth, president, presented the medallion to the Anderson resident. The medallion is presented each year to the instructor who has contributed the most during the academic year to the profession of teaching, to the development of the College and to the students.
"As a department head, Donna demonstrates the consistent ability to balance and manage multiple areas of responsibility while maintaining great relationships with faculty, staff and students," said Dr. Lynn Lewis, dean of the health education division at the College. Shannon oversees the College's Expanded Duty Dental Assisting, Medical Assisting, Medical Laboratory Technology and Surgical Technology programs.
"Donna is known for her quality instruction," Janet Fuller, nursing department head at Tri-County, wrote in her nomination. "She continually has outstanding student evaluations. Her students pass their national certification exams at 100 percent. Based on the retention of the program and the pass rates on this national exam, it is evident that she is very knowledgeable about her area," added Fuller.
Dental Assisting grads in 2011 and 2010 celebrated a 100 percent pass rate on all three parts (infection control, radiology and general chairside) of the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) exam. Tri-County's program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.
"Both Donna and her students attend professional development events and she involves students in the national organization, the American Dental Assisting Association. With Donna's leadership, the Tri-County Dental Society sponsors continuing education units on the Tri-County campus. This requires a great deal of time and effort on her part. It's a way to promote good will and partnerships with the students' clinical externships."
Dr. Lewis added that during the last 18 months, every program Shannon is responsible for has had reaccreditation site visits and all were successful.
Shannon serves as president of the Faculty Senate and has served on numerous committees where she is known for her thoughtful answers to problems that are for the good of the college.
Shannon joined Tri-County in 2002 as Dental Assisting department head with 20 years of experience in dental hygiene. She had worked at Anderson Periodontics for 11 years. She also had experience as a dental hygienist for Dr. Laura Parra and Dr. John McKee. She holds an associate degree in Dental Hygiene from Florence-Darlington Technical College and a B. S. in Health Science from the University of North Carolina.
She is a member of the American Dental Educators Association. She is a member of St. John's United Methodist Church in Anderson.
Shannon lives in Anderson and has two children, Rachael and Tresco.