Title: Professor Emeritus
Company: Niagara County Community College
Location: Chesapeake, Virginia, United States
Janet C. Michalak, Professor Emeritus at Niagara County Community College, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in teaching.
Developing a passion for learning at an early age, Dr. Michalak was motivated to try and instill that love in others. The prospect of lifelong learning excited her, and she couldn’t wait to be part of it. Dr. Michalak decided to pursue her dreams first at the State University of New York College at Buffalo, where she earned a Bachelor of Education in 1970, a Master of Education in 1971, and a Doctor of Education in 1981. She enhanced her professional standing by becoming certified in nursery, kindergarten, reading, grades 1-6, and English grades 7-12 teaching in the state of New York, and by joining prominent organizations such as the College Reading Association, the International Reading Association, and the New York College Learning Skills Association.
Dr. Michalak’s first position in the field was as a reading teacher in the Tonawanda School System, followed by instructor at Niagara County Community College. She quickly discovered that she had found a home at the latter institution, and remained there for the rest of her career. Dr. Michalak’s roles included assistant professor, associate professor, professor, and childhood education coordinator. She accepted the distinguished title of professor emeritus in 2004, although she remains involved in her community through the board of directors of the Niagara Frontier Reading Council. In recognition of her success, she was presented with the Excellence Award from the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development and the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching from the State University of New York in 1991, and the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching from Niagara County Community College in 1990.
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