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Hoffman earns Dennis Lesh Teacher of the Year Award after first year teaching

29 May 2019

Each year, Pratt Community College awards a faculty member the Dennis Lesh Foundation Teacher Recognition Award at commencement. The prestigious award is based on nominations from students, faculty and staff.

Jeff Hoffman, a first year Electrical Power Technology instructor, won the award this year after receiving nominations from 20 of his students, as well as EPT department head, Dave Campbell.

“Jeff has gone over and above in trying to provide for his students,” said Campbell. “We are very happy to see Jeff excelling as an instructor in EPT. We know he has truly earned this award.”

Hoffman was recruited to the program by Campbell after working ten years with the City of Pratt. While teaching was not something he actively pursued, he has discovered the career is a rewarding experience.

“I wasn’t sure how gratifying this job would be after coming from industry,” said Hoffman. “But it’s rewarding to see the students go from not having an idea of what exactly they want to do to being employed in two semesters. That’s the highlight of the job so far.”

While this was only his first year teaching, his drive and focus on helping each student succeed has earned him the respect of his students, many of which see him as a mentor.

“Jeff puts in a lot of hard work to make sure we learn the most we can in the time we have,” said Levi Stein, EPT student. “He brings a lot of real world experience which makes concepts easier to understand.”

Fellow EPT student Jacob Peters echoes his statement.

“I have never seen an instructor so bent on making us succeed,” said Peters. “His relentless resolve for giving us the best quality training is comforting.”

Hoffman teaches numerous classes in the EPT program, but he enjoys teaching Lab and Field Training the most. In lab, he gets to see his students outside working and practicing what they have learned.

“I am very appreciative to those who nominated me,” said Hoffman. “When my name was announced at commencement, I was floored. It took me by absolute surprise. It’s great to be recognized.”

The Dennis Lesh Foundation Teacher Recognition Award is awarded annually to a Pratt Community College teacher who is recognized as an excellent teacher, student advocate and exhibits general care and concern for the student body. The recipient is presented $1000 during commencement to be used to enhance the recipient’s skills and abilities.