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Lakeland College has welcomed five new teachers to its faculty for the 2011-12 academic year.
Stephanie Drotos is a new assistant professor of education. She comes to Lakeland with 16 years of teaching and training experience, and she recently completed a doctorate in educational policy and leadership at Ohio State University.
Drotos has more than two years of college teaching experience, including teaching Educational Foundations to new teacher candidates at OSU. She was lead instructor for OSU's Young Scholars Program for potential first-generation students at Ohio State. She was a first generation college student. She spent more than 10 years teaching middle and high school in large school districts with high poverty levels.
Drotos has a bachelor's degree in education from Ohio University and a master's in comparative education from OSU.
Brett Killion is a new instructor of accounting. For the past eight years, Killion has been a business education instructor at Luxemburg-Casco High School, where he taught a variety of courses including accounting I and II and personal finance.
He was the third-place winner of the 2009 EconomicsWisconsin's Excellence in Teaching Economics and Financial Literacy Teaching Award. He wrote the curriculum and started Lakeland's Personal Finance for Teens course in 2005.
He previously worked as an accounting instructor in the adult education program of Concordia University, Wis., and he was an associate auditor with Grant Thornton, LLP. His undergraduate degree is from Concordia, and he earned a masters of accountancy from UW-Madison in 2000. He passed the CPA exam in 2001.
Joseph McGeorge has been named the college's first instructor in aviation science. He comes to Lakeland from the University of Illinois, where he was an aviation education specialist in Illinois' Institute of Aviation for the past four years. He recently completed his master of education in human resource development from Illinois.
McGeorge has provided nearly 1,500 hours of flight instruction, he has administered over 100 flight tests and teaching ground-school has also been one of his primary responsibilities. In 2009, he was awarded the Rick Weinberg Leadership Award, which goes to the one instructor a year for outstanding leadership qualities.
John McKenzie has been named the college's first assistant professor of communication. He comes to Lakeland from the University of Texas at Austin where he is working on completing his doctorate in communication studies with an emphasis in rhetoric and language. He earned a master's and bachelor's degree in speech communication from Texas A&M.
McKenzie was an accomplished graduate student, with numerous publications, fellowships, awards and conference presentations. He worked as a teaching assistant and later as an assistant instructor in UT's department of communication studies and university extension program. At Lakeland, he will play a lead role in developing Lakeland's communications major program.
Heather Mollé has been hired as an assistant professor in mathematics. She comes to Lakeland from Franklin College in Franklin, Ind., where she had worked as an assistant professor of mathematics since the fall of 2009. She has a doctorate and master's in mathematics from the University of Iowa, and bachelor's in mathematics and physics from Truman State University in Kirksville, Mo.
Mollé has taught a variety of mathematics courses to a diverse group of students, and been recognized for her work. In 2007 she was awarded the Catherine Wegner Outstanding Mathematics Teaching Assistant Award, in 2008 she received the University of Iowa Outstanding TA Award and last November she was chosen Faculty of the Month by Franklin's Student Congress. Last summer, she was named a Project NExT Fellow.