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Chambers recognized as PHEA teacher of the year

23 June 2016

Each year one of Pratt Community College’s instructors is recognized by the Pratt Higher Education Association at graduation for being an outstanding instructor.

This year, the PHEA committee chose to recognize science instructor, Kip Chambers as this year’s recipient.
“I am very appreciative of this award,” Chambers said. “We have so many good teachers here and it is an honor to be recognized.”

Chambers has been at PCC for 14 years and teaches General Biology, Environmental Science, Zoology and Botany classes’ on-campus.

Since starting at the college, Chambers said his favorite part of teaching has remained the same.

“I love to interact with the students,” he said. “It is rewarding to be in a classroom and have all the energy. I love to be able to see the students grow and improve their lives.”

Chambers, who grew up in Pratt, said he has many teachers at the high school and college level that made a difference in his life and he wants to do the same for his students.

“I really enjoyed him (Chambers) as a teacher. He made things fun and easy to learn, along with making the process from high school to college easier,” said Emma Hall, who will be a sophomore this coming fall. “He is my mentor on-campus. If I have an issue I always know I can go to him and he helped me find summer job opportunities. Not every teacher is willing to do those types of things.”

Another reason Hall said she enjoyed Chambers as an instructor was because he made so much of the class hands-on through labs and field trips.

One field trip the students’ enjoy each year is when they go to the South Fork Ninnescah River and collect fish using an electro-fishing technique. Once the fish are caught, students look at how the environment is affecting the fish.

“We went on a lot of trips that showed us how what we do on a daily basis is affecting our world,” said Chance Kruger, who will be a sophomore this fall. “We covered a lot of trends in his class along with environmental issues and discussed how we can leave the world a better place. He was my favorite teacher because of those conversations and because of how hands-on his classes were.”

Chambers said part of the reason he thinks he is a good teacher is because he has the rest of the PCC faculty to ask questions to and help him when he has a questions or issue.

For being the recipient of the PHEA instructor of the year, Chambers received a $500 check and plaque.