Montgomery County Community College celebrated Martina Ware, an Associate Professor of Nursing, as she received the Gladys and Raymond Pearlstine Teaching Excellence Award during an online ceremony with friends, family and coworkers Wednesday, Oct. 7.
As a full-time faculty member, Ware has been a driving force behind the continued success of the Nursing Program for nearly two decades since her career at MCCC began in August of 2001.
For example, MCCC’s Nursing Program students led the way on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN), which students must pass in order to become licensed registered nurses, with a first-time pass rate of 97.1 percent.
By comparison, the national first-time pass rate is 89.25 percent.
The Nursing Program also received full reaccreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, which allows the program to graduate students that are eligible to take NCLEX-RN.
“It speaks to the quality of the program at Montco and the Montco community at large,” Ware said. “I can’t say enough about the faculty, staff and administration at Montco.”
A major focus of Ware’s career at MCCC has been improving accessibility for students with disabilities.
“I’ve participated in a task force for students with disabilities to improve accessibility. I did my sabbatical project on student accessibility improvements. It’s an issue that’s near and dear to my heart,” said Ware.
During the online award ceremony, excerpts from letters of nomination written by her students were read aloud, as well as praise from MCCC President Victoria L. Bastecki-Perez who called Ware’s passion and commitment to students “unparalleled.”
“I want to thank everyone,” Ware said. “Thanks to the faculty, staff and administration for their never-ending support. It’s very true I couldn’t be the educator I am today without all of them. They have made me who I am today. Students as well. I am very proud to be a member of the Montco family.”
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