Doepker named an Outstanding Educator at Bay College


ESCANABA — Bay College has chosen Terri Doepker, a part-time sociology and human services instructor, to receive one of its Outstanding Educator Awards.

To be considered for the award, faculty were nominated by a colleague, student or someone from the community. The primary focus of this award is to acknowledge faculty’s commitment to education and excellence in service to others.

Beginning her 18th year at Bay College, Doepker teaches courses in sociology, human services and social work. Her social work experience includes probate and juvenile court, maternal and infant health services, parenting education, and family services coordination for EARLY ON Michigan PART C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

In these capacities, Doepker was a co-recipient of the Margaret M. Baldwin Award for outstanding family-professional partnership in Michigan. She served five years as a volunteer court-appointed special advocate.

Doepker has a master’s degree from Arizona State University School of Social and Family Dynamics. Her graduate fieldwork involved intensive family intervention. She is training for a trauma certificate from Michigan State University’s School of Social Work, which also is a component of her Licensed Baccalaureate Social Worker.

She is married to Bob Doepker, who teaches essential biology part-time at Bay College West in Iron Mountain.

“If you know Terri, then you know her to be a warm, deeply caring, intelligent, and compassionate educator, colleague and mentor,” said Amy Reddinger, dean of Arts and Sciences.“Her work at Bay College is greatly valued and impactful, and we are very lucky to have her as a colleague at Bay College.”

To watch a short video of Reddinger presenting the Outstanding Educator Award to Doepker along with her acceptance speech, go to www.baycollege.edu/awards.


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