Employee of the Month
December 2014/January 2015 Faculty of the Month
Please join me in congratulating our December 2014/January 2015 Faculty of the Month:
Disabled Students Programs and Services
Please join me in congratulating Terry Taskey, our December 2014-January 2015 Faculty Person of the Month! Terry is a dedicated counselor in DSPS (Disabled Students Programs and Services), where many faculty have gotten to know her through her advocacy for students with disabilities who are attending their classes. She has also served as an Adjunct Instructor at Ohlone in the English and Counseling Departments and was hired full-time in January 2006.
Terry's photo above reveals one of her favorite hobbies - cross-country skiing with her fiancé, Herb! Her other hobbies include, but are not limited to, movies, books, theatre, and beautiful walks in the Bay area. She is often making recommendations to other faculty about great books to read and plays to attend - and is one of the most ardent supporters of Ohlone's Theatre productions!
Terry was born and raised in New York State, so it only seemed natural for her to go to a school somewhere where it was cold. She picked St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY, which qualified as one of the coldest places in NY! It also ranks as "one of the top 100 liberal arts universities in the US" per Forbes magazine. At St. Lawrence University, Terry completed her undergraduate degree, majoring in English.
Soon after, she set out to the West to seek her fortune - living in a variety of states (list available upon request!) - earning credentials here and there while teaching school. Eventually she settled down in sunny California in San Luis Obispo, where she attended Cal Poly and earned her Master's degree in Counseling & Guidance. (Coincidentally, Cal Poly's colors are the same as Ohlone's, which she has found quite handy for Ohlone's game days and graduations!)
Terry has enjoyed working in a variety of settings as a counselor over the years, working with individualsfrom middle-school age to adults. Her most enjoyable have been the 14 years when she has worked as a college counselor. Prior to Ohlone, she also worked at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill.
While counseling students in DSPS has been Terry's primary focus at Ohlone, she has also taught Basic Skills classes in reading and writing, plus Personal Development classes that haveassisted first-time students with study skills, student educational planning, etc. Students have noted her quiet, gentle, patient manner in building their confidence and competence, always encouraging them to go the next step forward. Many DSPS students have said she is the one who made a difference and led them to success.
Believe it or not, Terry is one of those individuals who actually enjoys committees!! She has been an active participant, member, and/or officer in quite a few during her tenure at Ohlone. These have included: Basic Skills, Disability Awareness Month, Accreditation Standard IIB, Faculty Senate, SLOAC (StudentLearning Outcomes Assessment), Annual Student Awards Ceremonies, and Technology. She has also led professional development workshops for faculty on such topics as dyslexia; plus workshops for students on time managements and organizational skills. One of Terry's highlights at Ohlone has been launching DSPS' Counseling website, while also providing strong and supportive leadership for her DSPS dept. and colleagues.
Many faculty and students have come to know and treasure Terry through her dedication and commitment in all shedoes on campus. It is through faculty like Terry that Ohlone has been ranked one of the top five community colleges in the state! Thank you, Terry, and congratulations on being one of the best!!