June 2012 Employees of the Month

| June 22, 2012

Teri Portman, instructional designer and adjunct professor, Online Learning Center, and Kimberly Tyson, representative, Fort Belvoir, Va., are the June 2012 Employees of the Month.

Teri Portman

Teri Portman was nominated for her outstanding support during the three-year development and launch of the Financial Statements Tutorial for BUSN 5000 Introduction to Business classes, the first of its kind at Webster University.

The tutorial guides students through the preparation of income statements, cash flow statements and balance sheets for use in the term business plan project. Students have commented that an interactive component helps them better understand financial statements.

During the process of developing the tutorial, Teri’s nominator says she was “always very responsive and sensitive to the comments received from students. Her dedication and ingenuity added much to the success of the current Financial Statements Tutorial.”

Teri has been with Webster’s Online Learning Center for nearly four years. “As an instructional designer, I work predominantly on the faculty side to create online courses that employ proven learning strategies, design custom interactions in collaboration with our developers, and provide training and support,” she says.

Teri acknowledges that, in spite of its value, technology can be overwhelming. “I enjoy helping people feel at ease with technology and sharing the ways it can be used to increase the efficiency, accessibility and impact of our day-to-day work,” she says.

The financial tutorial concept was one of Teri’s first assignments as a professional instructional designer. She says working on the project taught her a lot about collaboration, thinking systemically and weighing decisions.

Teri says the moment each year when her work becomes tangible is the Online Learning Center’s graduation reception for online students. “It’s an opportunity to get feedback directly from students, celebrate their accomplishments and reflect on why we do what we do.

“The graduates and their families seem to enjoy seeing the main campus and connecting faces to the staff and faculty they’ve only known through online communication.”

Teri chose a day off with pay as her prize.

Kimberly Tyson

Kimberly (Kim) Tyson‘s colleagues appreciate her assistance during a time of transition at Fort Belvoir when a key staff member was out on medical leave. During that time, Kim took on the task of training two new staff members while she, herself, was learning a job she had just been promoted to at another campus location.

Kim traveled between three sites conducting training of the new staff members while continuing to assist the regional site with their backlog of student inquiries.

In addition to her support of the region’s administrative needs, Kim’s nominator says she always provides exceptional service to Webster’s students. “She is patient with them and her attention to detail where students’ needs are concerned is highly commendable.

Kim first came to work at Webster in September 2010. She began as a department associate at Joint Base Bolling-Anacostia and was promoted to representative at the Fort Belvoir location in June 2011. She enjoys working with students and being able to assist them to reach their educational goals.

When it comes to stepping up and helping when the campus was short staffed, Kim says, “We’re a team, if there’s any way that I can contribute to our team being more efficient and reaching our goals, I will lend my time and support. ”

Kim says it’s rewarding and exciting to see the students who have been in the work force 15 or 20 years return to school and successfully graduate. “Some had to overcome the obstacles of getting readjusted to the classroom environment and learn the new technologies now available with online learning.”

Kim chose the $100 savings bond as her prize.

 

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