Angie Chittick has been named the 2017 Postsecondary Teacher of the Year by the National Business Education Association.
Chittick is a business instructor at North Platte Community College. She was recognized April 14 during the NBEA's annual convention in Chicago.
"It is a very humbling honor and accomplishment," said Chittick. "I just love what I do, and if I can make a difference in a student's life - that is reward enough."
To be considered for the honor, Chittick first had to win a qualifying award in her region, which she did in June of last year. The Mountain-Plains Business Education Association named her as its 2016 Postsecondary Teacher of the Year during its annual conference in Kansas City.
Both the national and regional awards are designed to recognize outstanding contributions to business education by a postsecondary business educator.
Chittick has taught business classes at NPCC for 20 years. She is known for using a variety of innovative teaching practices in her classroom to address different learning styles and for implementing project-based learning methods.
Business Communications, Business English, Principles of Marketing, Legal Procedures I and II, Legal Terminology, Administrative Management and Procedures, Desktop Publishing, Integrated Information Processing, Farm and Ranch Management and Design Technologies are just some of the courses she has taught over the years.
Chittick is past president of the Nebraska State Business Education Association, for which she has also served as vice president, secretary and postsecondary representative. In addition to NBEA and M-PBEA, Chittick has been actively involved with Delta Pi Epsilon, the National Education Association, the Nebraska Department of Education Standards Writing Teams and Phi Beta Lambda.
"The college is so proud that Angie has won this award," said Dr. Jody Tomanek, area vice president of academic affairs and NPCC. "Angie has a strong presence in the classroom and truly believes in educating students to be successful in their chosen career field. She is extremely deserving of this honor."
In a letter of appreciation to Chittick, Melanie Marshall, a student at NPCC, said Chittick's gift as a teacher is unmeasurable and goes far beyond just teaching.
"I am not sure I can even put into words the impact you have had on my life," the letter reads. "You never give up. You never back down. You never let me think that I cannot do something. You love the challenge of what you don't know. You love the challenge of what I don't know, and that emotion is contagious."