2016 Excellence in Teaching Award

Lori_Nanney_TeachAward-(1)Lori Nanney, Education Instructor and Education Department Chair, is the 2016 Excellence in Teaching Award recipient. She has been teaching at Cleveland Community College since 2006.

“I am grateful for and humbled by this recognition and am appreciative to my students, colleagues and peers for this incredible honor,” said Nanney. “No one gets to be good at what they do without help. There is not one aspect of my job that is not impacted by the work of someone else. Cleveland Community College has a stellar group of faculty and staff who work in a unified effort to support students and each other. We are committed to building excellence and preparing our students for their future, and supporting them in reaching their goals. Cleveland County is very fortunate to have such an outstanding institution whose people are dedicated to fostering excellence. I am very blessed to be a very small part of all of it.”

Nanney earned her master’s degree in Education, and a bachelor’s degree from Gardner-Webb University. She is currently a doctoral candidate in Curriculum Instruction.

In addition to her work with students, Nanney also serves on the board of the State Employees’ Credit Union in Boiling Springs, the Partnership for Children Board and the Cleveland County Early Head Start Board. She is also a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children.


Each year the CCC Foundation sponsors the Excellence in Teaching and Outstanding Staff Member awards.

The current award winners are listed below.


Excellence in Teaching Award winners:

2015 – Al Dunkleman
2014 – Dr. Starr Camper
2013 – Sherry Hamrick
2012 – Russ Hamilton
2011 – Sandol Johnson
2010 – Sheri Rogers
2009 – Claman Parker
2008 – Bruce Mack
2007 – Barbara Taylor
2006 – Michael Sisk
2005 – Dori Gantt
2004 – Kay Chitty
2003 – Ray Fisher
2002 – Becky Sain
2001 – Bruner Remy
2000 – Jana Bridges
1999 – Steve Putnam
1998 – Phil Reid
1997 – Dr. B. J. Zamora

1996 – Starr Morrow Camper
1995 – Rosaline Hunt
1994 – Jean Francis
1993 – Linda Ross
1992 – Barbara Taylor
1991 – James Fite

2015 Outstanding Staff Member

Amy_Davis_StaffAward-(2)Amy Davis, Dean of Student Success, is the 2016 Outstanding Staff Member Award recipient.

“I am honored to be recognized by CCC for my commitment to our students, and for efforts of continuous improvements toward making CCC the best community college in North Carolina,” said Davis. “I have the privilege of working with an amazing and dedicated department of individuals in the Student Success Center. Getting to really know and understand our students, their needs and their goals, provides me with motivation to continue to create programming, services, and instruction for students that help them complete their degrees, diplomas, and certificates, as well as individual courses.”

Davis has worked at CCC for almost seven years. Before moving into her current position last year, Davis served as the Director of the Student Success Center, Title III Project Director, and Student Success Coordinator. She has also been teaching ACA/Academic support courses since 2009.

She earned an Educational Specialist degree in Adult and Community College Administration from Appalachian State University, a master’s degree in Adult Education from Florida State University, and a bachelor’s degree from High Point University. Davis is currently pursuing a doctorate degree in Community College Executive Leadership from Wingate University.

Davis’ professional affiliations include NC SDAA/NC Student Development Administrators, NACADA/ National Academic Advising Association, League for Innovation in the Community College, NCTLA/ NC Tutoring & Learning Association, and CTPA/ College Transfer Professional Association. In addition, she is an Executive Board Member of Adventure House, and an active member of Crest Charger Horseshoe Club.


Past Recipients

2015 – Barbara Bass Romich
2014  – 
Barbara McKibbin
2013 – Athena Smith
2012 – Jimmy Hensley
2011 – Severne Budd
2010 – Emily Sisk
2009 – LeeAnn Lawson
2008 – Susan Martin
2007 – Andy Gardner
2006 – Shaunda Leonhardt
2005 – Lee Bryant
2004 – Laura Bowen
2003 – Chris Nanney


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