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Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Teaching

Teaching Medal Award Winner

Mary C. Summers, headshot

Mary C. Summers

Mary C. Summers is an assistant professor of French and Hawaiian at Kaua‘i Community College. She sees teaching as an ongoing process and considers life to be one big classroom in which we are given lessons to learn and a variety of approaches to learn them. Summers strives to give her students the tools, skills and values necessary to fulfill the promise of life.

Her enthusiasm for teaching and great personality draws out even the most reluctant student and makes them want to learn more about the subject. Summers understands that an investment in students’ education benefits our society. Colleagues note that her commitment is "like none they have seen before; she makes sure that everyone gets it."

The Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Teaching is awarded by the Board of Regents as tribute to faculty members who exhibit an extraordinary level of subject mastery and scholarship, teaching effectiveness and creativity and personal values that benefit students.

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Kauka de Silva, headshot
Kauka de Silva
David A. Krupp, headshot
David A. Krupp
Lena Y.P. Low, headshot
Lena Y.P. Low
Paul Lyons, headshot
Paul Lyons
Joni Onishi, headshot
Joni Onishi
Mary C. Summers, headshot
Mary C. Summers
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David Yang