Professor Cari Cannon is tops in O.C.!
In the spring of 2008, Professor of Psychology Dr. Cari Cannon received a surprise visit to her classroom by Orange County Superintendent of Schools Bill Habermehl. He had the pleasure of giving her the news that she’d been selected as one of five Teachers of the Year (and the only representative from O.C.’s nine community colleges) by the Orange County Department of Education. Here’s what was going through her mind as she accepted the award from Mr. Habermehl:
“I was dumbstruck! As a teacher you rarely receive immediate feedback--students may smile and laugh during a lecture, but you don't know if you are making a real, or lasting difference in their lives. This award is like getting 10 years of positive feedback tossed at you all at once."
Dr. Cannon has worked at SCC since 1998 and is the co-chair of the behavioral sciences department. In addition to a busy teaching schedule and administrative duties, her dedication to students is obvious by the voluntary assignments she accepts. She is the faculty advisor to Psi Beta, the psychology student honor society. Dr. Cannon is also the author of the tongue-in-cheek book published in 2006 entitled How to Flunk Out of a Community College: 101 Surefire Strategies That Guarantee Failure. She donated much of her book royalties to a scholarship for deserving psychology students.
On November 19, Dr. Cannon was recognized by the Orange County Department of Education and sponsor SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union at an awards ceremony at the Disneyland Hotel. Each Teacher of the Year honoree received a limited edition Disney lithograph, a Golden Apple award, and a $15,000 check from the James Hines Foundation.
Dr. Cannon holds a bachelor’s degree from U.C.L.A. as well as a master of science degree and Ph.D. (both in psychology) from Washington State University. She is the second SCC faculty member in three years to receive the county’s top community college teacher award. Associate Professor of Philosophy Marcelo Pimentel was selected for the honor in 2005.