DOBSON — Donald Fowler, assistant director of the Academic Support Center for Math and Science at Surry Community College, has received the 2016 National Tutoring Association’s Publications Award. Fowler is a NTA Certified Advanced Level Tutor. He will receive the award at a ceremony during the 2016 NTA Conference in Tampa in April.
Fowler has worked at Surry Community College for 15 years. His work has been published numerous times in the National Tutoring Association’s internationally distributed web newsletter, The Tree. His most recent articles have focused on how to tutor students with ADHD more effectively.
“I’m humbled and grateful for the acknowledgement of my colleagues and peers both here at Surry Community College and with the National Tutoring Association for the recognition of this award,” Fowler said.
According to the National Tutoring Association’s website, the award is given to honor an NTA member for outstanding articles, research, courses, workbooks, or publications. Winners of Publication Awards are invited to present their work at the annual conference. Fowler also received a free conference registration as a part of the award recognition.
“The work I do is to help our students, so they may achieve their educational goals,” said Fowler. “Edification through education and that desire to help someone to achieve their dreams is the heart of tutoring. Just like a good personal trainer, a tutor helps you to push yourself to reach your full potential.”
“The writing process can be an arduous and laborious process,” explained Fowler. “The written word is powerful and has the potential to change someone’s life, and understanding how someone can be truly impacted by it is not something to be taken lightly; however, that being said it is best to remind ourselves of why we are writing and our audience, and how we can not only impact a person presently but those of future generations as well.”
The NTA was formed in 1992 for the purpose of establishing a membership organization for tutoring professionals. Over the past years, the purpose has expanded to promote education, specialization, and scientific research. The NTA is now the oldest and largest professional association dedicated exclusively to tutoring, and represents the interests of thousands of tutors in the U.S. and 13 other countries, practicing in all phases of tutoring, program administration, and supplemental student services. Members represent colleges, universities, high schools, middle schools, elementary schools, school districts, literacy programs, community programs, grant supported programs, and NCLB/SES providers. They welcome membership from peer, paraprofessional, professional, volunteer, and private practice tutors.
Surry Community College was founded in 1964 and is located in Dobson. As one of the state’s 58 community colleges, it serves Surry and Yadkin counties. Currently, Surry offers 29 degree programs, 14 diploma programs, and 32 certificate programs along with hundreds of continuing education courses and seminars. The college, under the direction of President Dr. David R. Shockley, has a mission to promote personal growth and community development to a diverse population through excellence in teaching, learning, and service.