Moraine Valley Community College instructor Nooshin Trombetta was honored with the 2021 Arthur J. Stejskal Memorial Teacher of the Year Award from the Illinois Adult Education Association.
Trombetta has been an English as a Second Language (ESL)/Adult Basic Education instructor at the college for the last eight years, teaching different levels of ESL, Citizenship, Critical Thinking and Parents as Educational Partners. She is particularly proficient in working with higher-level ESL students.
Her supervisor, Dr. Nina Shoman-Dajani, assistant dean of Learning Enrichment and College Readiness, nominated her for the honor.
“Nooshin has always shown her commitment to transitioning our advanced students to college credit courses and certificate programs. She takes time to get to know her students and embraces the diversity in her classroom in a celebratory fashion,” Shoman-Dajani said. “She is one of the most professional, organized and cooperative instructors I have had the opportunity to supervise and work with. Nooshin always has a positive attitude, a strong work ethic, pays attention to detail and provides quality service and instruction to students.”
Trombetta enjoys her job and helping students but prefers to give credit to them and her department coworkers.
“This award belongs to every staff member, teacher and administrator in Learning Enrichment and College Readiness. I could not have done my job without their constant encouragement and guidance. The award is a reminder of the work that needs to be done with our non-English-speaking students to pave the way for them to lead productive and fulfilling lives in the U.S.,” Trombetta said. “The best part of my job is when I hear my students have gone on to pursue careers in nursing, teaching and marketing or are now able to volunteer at their children’s schools and become involved in their communities in meaningful ways. The understanding that I have helped them start their journey to make their dreams and aspirations a reality is inspiring.”