Faculty of the Month for December/January - Isabel Reichert

The Faculty Senate Awards Committee members are pleased to announce that the December/January Faculty of the Month is Isabel Reichert. Isabel earned her Masters in Fine Arts from the San Francisco Art Institute and her Bachelors in Fine Arts from Hochschule der Bildenden Kuenste Saar. She joined Ohlone College in 2012 as a full-time faculty in the Multimedia Department, recently renamed to Digital Arts and Interactive Design (DAID).  

Isabel Reichert in black jacket with glasses and hat on the right, Isabel's partner Sean Fletcher in gray jacket on the left

Isabel has been heavily involved in service college wide. Most faculty know Isabel from her service in the UFO, where she runs elections.  Others might have seen the TEDx talk in which Isabel and her partner Sean Fletcher spoke about their journey of raising a transgender child. 

During Isabel’s sabbatical, she forged relationships with Elmwood Correctional Facility and the Santa Clara County Sherriff’s Office Community College Collaborative to offer courses in digital filmmaking and design. The pathways program provides incarcerated individuals with an opportunity to take college courses in design and technology—many for the first time—and provide them with practical and applicable coursework. Isabel’s work at Elmwood is helping to break the cycle of recidivism.

Within her own department, Isabel is a force to be admired. When she joined Ohlone in 2012 she overhauled and expanded the Digital Arts and Interactive Design and worked diligently to create and expand career and transfer opportunities for students. “When you bring up Isabel’s name to students, their faces light up. You can tell that students really appreciate her hard work and dedication to their success. Isabel has positively influenced their school experience as well as their career choices,” noted a colleague. One of her former students remarked that “She is one of the most sweetest and caring instructors I've ever had in my life. She will help you if you're having any sort of difficulties. She has a lot of compassion for her students which makes her so amazing.” 

Outside of Ohlone Isabel can be found honing her craft as a graphic designer and artists. Her work has been screened at international film festivals and her artwork has been featured in galleries and museums internationally. In her down time, Isabel enjoys hiking or anything Start Trek related. 

Isabel is a tremendous asset to the Ohlone College community. Please join the Faculty Senate Awards Committee in congratulating Isabel Reichert for being the December/January Faculty of the Month. 

The Faculty of the Month program seeks to honor faculty who have a history of making significant and continuing contributions to the College.

The selection is made by a subcommittee of the Faculty Senate. The award is given monthly (of course!) during the academic year.

Learn more about the Faculty of the Month program.