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Meet MCC's new full-time faculty for Fall 2020

September 1, 2020, Updated November 12, 2020
By Tim Engle

MCC New Faculty - Fall 2020

(Top row, from left)

Carol Mihalevich
Education/reading instructor, MCC-Blue River

Experience: She taught reading and writing in public schools for 14 years. She then spent 25 years at the University of Central Missouri teaching undergraduate and graduate education majors how to enhance their instruction of reading and writing.

Education: B.A., elementary education, M.A. and Ph.D., reading education, University of Missouri-Kansas City

How students would describe her: Knowledgeable, supportive, friendly. She also expects students' best efforts in class.

Philosophy as an educator: "My favorite quote is, 'The end of all education should surely be service to others' by Cesar Chavez. I strive to be a teacher who inspires and motivates every student to be a good and caring individual."

Hobbies and interests: "My life is centered around my family and friends. I love nature, music, cooking, dancing and gardening!" 

Fun fact: Mihalevich traveled from the East Coast to the West Coast, and through Canada and Mexico, on a motorcycle.

Carlye Banks
Biology instructor, MCC-Blue River and MCC-Maple Woods

Why she joined MCC: "MCC has strong ties to the community that encourage diversity and success, and I wanted to do my part by helping students succeed in their academic endeavors."

Experience: Banks is not new to the MCC family — she has been an adjunct instructor for more than 10 years. She also has worked as a lead naturalist for the Martha Lafite Thompson Nature Sanctuary in Liberty, where she led nature camps for kids and young adults.

Education: B.S. and M.S., biology, University of Central Missouri

How students would describe her: "As an instructor with high expectations for student success." She likes to bring many forms of teaching into the classroom, from traditional PowerPoints to interactive labs.

Philosophy as an educator: "Providing students with a positive learning experience requires passion and dedication. I would not be where I am today without the teachers I had when I was in college." 

Hobbies and interests: Primitive camping, hiking, canoeing, swimming, reading, hanging out with family and friends

Maggie Goodman
Paralegal instructor, MCC-Penn Valley

Why she joined MCC: She's the daughter and granddaughter of public school teachers, so "the opportunity to help others learn was instilled in me from a very young age."

Experience: Her professional experience in the legal field. She was admitted to the Missouri Bar in 2006.

Education: B.A., political science, University of Missouri-Columbia; J.D., University of Missouri-Kansas City

Philosophy as an educator: "We will not just study books and the law in the paralegal classes, but also complete practical assignments that paralegals will likely see in their future careers. I want students to feel confident going into their careers." 

Hobbies and interests: She loves to bake.

(Second row, from left)

Ben Listhartke
Mathematics instructor, MCC-Longview

Why he joined MCC: "I enjoy the inspiring atmosphere that community colleges carry and the quality students that they bring in," says Listhartke, who was born and raised in the Kansas City area.

Experience: He worked as a teaching assistant for the past six years at Kansas State University while completing graduate work, and for the last two years he also has been an adjunct instructor at MCC-Maple Woods.

Education: B.S., mathematics, and B.A., music, Truman State University; M.S., mathematics, Kansas State

How students would describe him: In student evaluations he's been called personable, kind, hilarious, positive and exhibiting "a deep passion for mathematics and teaching."

Philosophy as an educator: Listhartke says he usually hears two reasons for why someone doesn't like math: They had a poor teacher who didn't explain concepts well enough, or they had to miss classes and once they returned, they couldn't catch up. He teaches by providing detailed explanations using a variety of examples. As for dropping behind, he gives students who are struggling "multiple opportunities for feedback."

Hobbies and interests: He sings barbershop and is a member of Central Standard, a men's chorus. In high school and college he played horn "in pretty much any ensemble that would have me," but he hasn't had time to play lately. He also enjoys board and card games and collecting twisty puzzles like Rubik's Cubes. His favorite sport is baseball.

Antwan Daniels
Chemistry instructor, MCC-Blue River

Why he joined MCC: As a science educator, he is interested in building relationships with early college and dual-credit programs, and in improving the socioeconomic outcomes of rural communities not far from the Blue River campus.

Experience: Daniels has worked with science students across the spectrum, from creating hands-on experiments for young learners to teaching medicinal chemistry to doctorate of pharmacy students. He has also taught chemistry at the high school and community college levels.

Education: B.S., chemistry, Langston University (Oklahoma); M.A., teaching science, Christian Brothers University (Memphis); M.S., medicinal chemistry, University of Tennessee (Knoxville)

How students would describe him: Engaging and "passionate about the process of making chemistry relevant to students." He's always looking for "pivot points" — moments when the classroom is off course and the instructor stops, reflects and pivots the instruction.

Philosophy as an educator: He's a believer in the constructivist theory of education. "Chemistry scholars have to be in the thick of learning so they can create neural pathways to be successful in science." He likes to develop GRIT in the classroom: Growth, Resilience, Integrity, Tenacity.

Hobbies and interests: Laughing with others, "empowering people through genuine praise and care," supporting small businesses, eating barbecue

Fun fact: Although he's from Dallas, Daniels has been a lifelong Kansas City Chiefs fan — he wore Derrick Thomas' number during his football career in high school and college.

Rhea Chuber
Reading instructor, MCC-Maple Woods

Why she joined MCC: Chuber isn't new to MCC — she has been coordinator of the Writing Center (part of the Learning Center) at Maple Woods since October 2015. "I am thrilled to be returning to the classroom," she says. "It's where my professional heart is happiest."

Experience: She has worked in higher education for more than three decades. "I have focused my career in the community college because of its mission to offer educational opportunities for all, even those who would otherwise be denied such opportunities. I work in developmental education to facilitate the learning of tools students need to achieve academic success."

Education: B.A., English, University of North Carolina at Charlotte; M.S., education, University of St. Mary. She has also earned graduate certificates in developmental education and in composition and rhetoric.

How students would describe her: Knowledgeable, concerned for students' well-being and success, "and that I make my classes interesting."

Philosophy as an educator: Education, particularly developmental education, "provides an opportunity for empowerment of students whose voices would otherwise be ignored or silenced. In each class I teach, I work to develop a community of supportive learners engaged in the work of building literacy."

Hobbies and interests: Reading, learning, gardening, spending time with her children and grandchildren. Another interest: the culture of the Appalachian Mountains.   

(Bottom row, from left)

Jennifer Charlton
Nursing instructor, Health Science Institute, MCC-Penn Valley

Experience: Charlton, who teaches nursing care of women and neonates, brings to MCC 20-plus years of bedside nursing experience. Inpatient obstetrics has been her "love and passion." She has served as a mentor for high school students interested in nursing, a childbirth educator and a Basic Life Support instructor.

Education: B.S, nursing, Research College of Nursing; M.S., nursing education, University of Missouri-Kansas City.

How students would describe her: "Passionate and approachable. I love to encourage others and give them the tools they need to reach their goals and succeed!"

Philosophy as an educator: She likes to be "more of a guide on the side than center stage. I don't want to show them all I know but encourage them to ask questions and guide them to seek answers, leading them in the right direction."

Hobbies and interests: "I have spent a lot of time cheering for my sons in baseball, football, rugby and a little basketball. I love to read, get together with friends, listen to local bands and walk my pup."

Fun fact: "I ice-skated as a kid and did synchronized swimming. Kind of funny because I am far from graceful!"

Jayla Walker
Virtual Hospital coordinator, Health Science Institute, MCC-Penn Valley

Experience: She has 20 years of nursing experience, including in the medical-surgical, oncology and neurology areas, but found her favorite specialty to be pediatrics. She has worked at Penn Valley before, including as a simulation specialist in the Virtual Hospital. Most recently, she developed a new nursing division for a local agency.

Education: B.S., nursing, Missouri Western State University; M.S., nursing education, University of Central Missouri. She is also a certified pediatric nurse.

How students would describe her: "I have been told that students appreciate how I break it down for them in a way that is easy to understand. I always remember how it felt to be a new nurse."

Philosophy as an educator: "I've always been an educator and lifelong learner. … Every day is an opportunity to learn something new."

Hobbies and interests: She enjoys watching her daughter participate in activities. She also likes walking her dog, trying out new restaurants, traveling, and playing tennis or pickleball.

Fun fact: "I have sang the national anthem at Royals Stadium, with my high school choir group." She was also in a women's double choir group that went to state all four years of high school.