During the 2021 LCTCS Annual Conference, five members of the Baton Rouge Community College faculty and staff were recognized for professional excellence and exceptional service: Reed Mundy, LCTCS President's Award for Teaching Excellence; Clarence Nero, Outstanding Faculty Member; Christin Dillon, Outstanding Professional Staff Member; Paula Jackson, Outstanding Professional Support Staff Member; and Dr. Wanda Henderson, Distinguished Retiree. Please join us in expressing pride and congratulations to each of these outstanding individuals.
LCTCS President’s Award for Teaching Excellence
Medium/Heavy Diesel Instructor
Reed Mundy began teaching at Baton Rouge Community in Spring 2019 in the Automotive program and developed the on-road Diesel Medium/ Heavy Truck Technology program in which he serves as the primary instructor. He holds certifications in Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Master Technician, ASE 609 HVAC Certification, Drive Trains, Performance Air Conditioning, Steering and Suspension, Air Brake, and several others. Mr. Mundy also teaches for the BRCC Workforce Solutions Division and has supported students earning IBCs in diesel engine. The passion he has for innovative teaching, diverse learning opportunities, and student engagement is evident in his classroom. Mr. Mundy consistently demonstrates effectiveness in the classroom, a focus on student success, the highest levels of discipline competence, and does so with a great spirit, and commitment to the college.
Outstanding Faculty Member
Professor (13 years)
Clarence Nero Clarence Nero has been a professor at Baton Rouge Community College
years, where he teaches English and specializes in Developmental Writing. Professor Nero started the Creative Writing Club at BRCC and serves as the club’s advisor. He is a graduate of Howard University with a Bachelor of Science degree and earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from Louisiana State University. Professor Nero was hailed as a “promising young writer,” by the late Dr. Maya Angelou. In 2016, he helped his students at BRCC to self-publish a book called “Voices from the Bayou.” Drawing inspiration from the book, Mr. Nero would develop this idea into a stage play with the LSU Theater Department, which led to the making of the short film called “Voices.” Ten years ago, after his brother was murdered in New Orleans, he organized the Bayou Soul Youth Literary Conference, a literary festival used to empower and inspire young people to write about trauma and to pursue higher education. Professor Nero believes in creating a world where everyone is treated fairly and where every child has access and opportunities.
Outstanding Professional Staff Member
Lead Advising and Career Specialist (5 years)
Christin Dillon is the Lead Advising and Career Specialist at Baton Rouge Community College. She has nearly a decade of experience in higher education and has served students at BRCC for five years. Ms. Dillion obtained a Bachelor of Arts in History with a Concentration in Secondary Education from Louisiana State University and a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Southeastern Louisiana University. Throughout her career in higher education, she has worked with students from diverse academic, socioeconomic, and cultural backgrounds. Ms. Dillon has provided academic and career counseling, assisted students with degree planning and course selection, and facilitated the goal-setting process. Ms. Dillon is passionate about her role in helping to guide and empower students to achieve academic success.
Outstanding Professional Support Staff Member
Custodial Supervisor (5 years)
Paula Jackson is the Custodial Supervisor of the BRCC Facility Services Department.
She began her career at BRCC in June of 2016, after many years of service at the Department
of Wildlife and Fisheries and Louisiana State University. Mrs. Jackson is a graduate
of Lafayette High School and attended Orlando Community College in Florida. She is
married to Mr. Carlton Jackson, and they are the proud parents of three children and
grandparents of 12 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Mrs. Jackson brings
enthusiasm to her job each day and enjoys working with her colleagues, faculty, staff,
and students. She is an avid supporter of voting rights in the Greater Baton Rouge
area and works frequently at polling sites during elections. Mrs. Jackson is a member
of the Order of the Eastern Stars and serves as a Lady Auxiliary at St. Paul Catholic
Church in Baton Rouge.
Wanda Henderson, Ph.D.
Retired Assistant Professor of Reading (10 years)
Dr. Wanda Henderson joined the BRCC family in 2003, first serving as an adjunct instructor.
After retiring from the Iberville Parish School System as Supervisor of Instruction,
she accepted a full- time position at BRCC as an assistant professor of reading. She
served as course coordinator for the Reading Department and counseled students pursuing
a Liberal Arts degree. Dr. Henderson received her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Education
from Southern University and her Reading Specialist and doctorate from Louisiana State
University. During her tenure at BRCC, she received a host of awards such as the NISOD
Excellent Award, LADE Distinguished Service Citation, the LCTCS College Faculty Award,
and the BRCC Outstanding Faculty Achievement Award. Also, she was selected to serve
as president of the LADE. However, during her 42-year career in education, Dr. Henderson
stated that working with students was her greatest honor. She rendered instruction
with passion; engaged students in interactive learning based on their learning styles;
and maintained high expectations for all students and herself.