William Breen, English instructor at Anoka-Ramsey Community College and Como Park resident, was recognized with an Excellence in Teaching award by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees in April.
Breen was cited for earning the respect and admiration of his students and colleagues at Anoka-Ramsey and for the passion, commitment and joy he brings to his work as a writing teacher. Breen’s expertise is built upon earned academic degrees, including a master of fine arts degree in creative writing, but it is also based in staying connected to writing and writers. It was also noted that he is actively engaged in professional organizations, networks through social media and conferences, has served as a visiting writer to a community school in Minneapolis, and has an ongoing commitment to the Writing in Prison Project, where he has served as a visiting writer to the correctional facility at Lino Lakes.
The Awards for Excellence in Teaching acknowledge and reward exceptional professional accomplishment in teaching. Evaluation criteria include teaching strategies and materials; content expertise and professional growth; assessment of student learning and performance; and service to students, the profession, the institution, and the system. This is the 10th year of the awards.