NACURH Winner
Month: March 2018

NACURH, INC.

Institution Faculty/Staff of the Month

School: University of Colorado Colorado Springs Region: IACURH
Nominee: Laura Marshall Nominator: Aubry Karis

On-Campus Population: 1275 Chapter Size: 20

Please explain the outstanding contributions of the nominee during the month of nomination

When you are in a rigorous teaching program it can be easy to feel overwhelmed and stressed. This is not a problem when you have the support of a person like Laura Marshall. Laura goes above and beyond every time she set herself to a goal, but she has done a lot for the Special Education department during the month of March. As the head of the department, she is always making sure that everyone in the department are supported and this is especially true for the students. Whether it is being an advocate, supporting her staff members or helping make cohorts feel like a family, Laura continues to be an amazing staff member.

Laura definitely deserves recognition for the impact she makes for the staff in the education department. During the month of March, Laura made sure all her colleagues were supported. When one of the Special Education teachers was sick, Laura volunteered her time to teach the class. She knew that the topic was important for the students to learn at the time and that it was important for the students to hear from the guest speaker of the day. Also, Laura also took the time to make sure that new university supervisors were supported. She attended lesson observations with them to be there for support. Laura was there to answer any questions the university supervisor has and make sure that students are being graded correctly. To Laura, staff members are not just employees of the university, but they are also family.

If I had to think of one word to describe Laura it would be: advocate. As a student in the Special Education program I always feel like I am supported. Sometimes it is difficult trying to find ways to navigate courses. When my cohort was having trouble understanding a syllabus and communicating with a professor, Laura took the time to be an advocate for us. She talked to the professor and helped them with lesson plans. This was helpful for both parties because Laura helped a new professor and the class improved after she helped.

Laura has also helped me as an individual. Any college student in residence life, understand financial struggle as well as what it is like if you need to stay on campus during the summer. A part of my program involves teaching 5 days a week for a month in summer. When Laura heard that I would have to pay for housing and miss out on going home, she talked me through the process and said she would try her best to find a placement that was close to home. This was extremely important to me. My family does not have the money to afford this and was afraid that I would not have time to work during the summer so I could have money for the fall semester. She was so kind to take time out her schedule to help me. This is something that she does on a weekly basis. When a student could not make it to the class that she teaches due to extenuating circumstances, she was extremely understanding and took the time out of her schedule to meet with him. Laura is always making sure students feel welcome. She brings snacks to class because students miss dinner and is truly a shoulder to learn on.

It is awesome to make an impact on student’s lives, but Laura makes an impact on an entire department. She truly deserves recognition for the month of March. I do not know what I would do in this program without her.

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Date of entry into database: 2018-04-06 02:23:05

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