Congratulations to Dr. Jennifer O’Neil, who prepares students for their future careers. As a biology professor at Houston Community College Northwest, she was named Teacher of the Year by the Houston West Chamber of Commerce. Several businesses and organizations honored her at the 24th Annual Teacher of the Year & Business Partnership Awards Luncheon, including Carmelo Mauro and wife Hilary Mauro of Carmelo’s Ristorante Italiano, Houston West Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Jeannie Bollinger, and CEO Keith Alexander of Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center.
Dr. O’Neil was recognized in the post-secondary category for her STEM-focused work covering science, technology, engineering and math. She spends time inside and outside the classroom challenging students to not merely memorize facts, but conceptualize scientific processes and gain valuable laboratory skills. In addition to developing critical thinking skills, she reminds students of the growing national need for graduates with STEM-focused educations.
“My primary objective as an instructor is to provide students a high-quality science education in a safe and compassionate environment where they can strive to achieve their goals.” says Dr. O’Neil, who has been with HCC 13 years, She established the Northwest STEM student club in January 2013 and has received several awards, the most outstanding being the Chancellor’s Medallion for Outstanding Service in 2012 and a Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Student Evaluations for several years.
“The teachers in our community are giving the gift of knowledge to our children, our leaders of tomorrow.” said Jeannie Bollinger, Houston West Chamber of Commerce’s President and CEO. “They care about the success of our children. It is an honor to pay tribute to these educators and community supporters.”
HCC is one of the country’s largest singly-accredited, open-admission, community colleges. Composed of six campuses, HCC offer associate degrees, certificates, workforce training and lifelong learning opportunities for 75,000 students each semester. Learn more at hccs.edu.