Q&A: Lee joins English department
January 30, 2014
Where are you from originally?
Muskegon, Mich.. But I was living in Phoenix, Ariz. before moving here.
Where did you attend college and what degree do you hold?
BA in creative writing from Grand Valley State University; MA in creative writing from Eastern Michigan University; I also have a two-year degree from Muskegon Community College.
What classes or positions are you currently assigned?
I’m teaching creative writing and both English Composition I and II.
What inspired you to teach in your field?
I was inspired by a creative writing instructor from Muskegon Community College. I left for graduate school with the goal that I would teach creative writing at the community college level with her same thoughtful passion.
Where did you teach before IVCC?
I taught both on-campus and online at Muskegon Community College for four years, and I taught a year at Paradise Valley Community College in Phoenix, Arizona.
What are your impressions, not only of the students, but also the atmosphere at IVCC, and your fellow faculty and staff?
Everyone is friendly and welcoming. I was happy to find that IVCC’s atmosphere is very centered on student success: students excited about learning and faculty/staff seeking out the best ways to facilitate that learning.
What is your favorite aspect of IVCC so far?
Excellent “smart classroom” resources! I don’t have to fret over projects or audio working — just push a button and teach.
What is your favorite thing about the Illinois Valley area?
The Bald Eagles!
What should a student know about you?
I still remember and consider what it’s like to be a student, and I will go out of my way to help my students succeed. I won’t coddle or encourage poor time-management skills, but I will find time to provide one-on-one instruction if needed.