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‘Tough, but fair’ MHC instructor earns accolades for 2016

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Miranda Davies is a tough instructor at the Medicine Hat College — tough, but fair.

She demands a lot of the business and administration students to expand their minds and push themselves as far as they can in order to achieve the highest results possible.
Well, that’s how the energetic and charismatic MHC instructor of the last six years describes herself. Perhaps that is why she earned the 2016 Medicine Hat College Instructor of the Year Award.
“I want to maximize their potential; I’m a pusher,” Davies says with a chuckle. “I’m looking for 100 per cent employment for them.”
She teaches subjects ranging from communications and marketing to entrepreneurship and operations management.
While she sounds like a difficult instructor, nothing could be further from the truth.
In a news release, her students are quite complimentary of her saying she’s “encouraging, understanding and passionate about teaching. She is also a positive mentor who challenges them to pursue their dreams.”
Davies has a Bachelor of Arts in English and French from the University of Alberta and a Masters in Business Administration from Dalhousie University. She worked in the hotel industry in Calgary for a number of years before coming to Medicine Hat in August of 2010.
She says smaller classes and trying to give students a real-world, ground-level, hands-on experience is what attracted her to the position.
“I was absolutely surprised,” says Davies, about receiving the award.
“I work with a lot of tremendous faculty members ... the connection we’ve made has been so beneficial for everyone. It makes a big difference ... I’m always trying to learn new things, techniques, strategies ...”

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