SPARC Director Ashley Hagler, who directs undergraduate research and co-ordinates biology as well for Gaston College, also extolled Grimsley.
He is, she said, “able to make that connection between the faculty and the students, which leads them to trust him, not just to learn the material but to ask him questions about their future.”
Gaston College students are not the only ones to benefit from Grimsley’s enthusiasm and dedication.
“Over the years,” he said, “I’ve been working with students from sixth grade to 12th grade for their science fair projects. Anything that requires a lab setting beyond what their high school has, they’ll come here and do all of their research. The students make me feel younger, even though I’m the age of some of their grandparents. I see myself in the future probably retiring and then returning to the classroom. Not having children of my own, these are my children.”
The SMT Center’s awards program was established in 2008, created as a way to recognize individuals and organizations that dedicate themselves to bettering STEM education.
“I was very humbled yet honored to be selected,” said Grimsley, “as the pool of nominees was very impressive.”
About Gaston College
Gaston College is one of 58 community colleges in the North Carolina Community College System.
Serving both Gaston and Lincoln counties, it enrolls some 8,000 students each term in curriculum programs. It averages more than 17,000 annually in its economic and work force development and continuing education programs. It offers more than 100 fields of study to obtain a degree, diploma or certificate.
To learn more about the College’s services and programs, be sure to check out the Gaston College Website at www.gaston.edu.
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