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During the Academic Awards Ceremony held on April 27, Dean Patricia Ireland awarded Dr. Lenore DiFiore the Excellence in Teaching Award. The award, now in its seventh year, is given to a professor who exemplifies the qualities of respectfulness, enthusiasm, preparation, creativity, fairness as well as their overall impact on students’ learning.

Each year students are polled and asked who among their faculty deserves the Excellence in Teaching Award. Students said about Lenore:

“She is a phenomenal educator and extremely good at organizing information into an easily learned format; She is by far the best professor I have ever had; She genuinely cares about her students and wants us to enjoy what we are learning and what we are working for.”

Dr. DiFiore, who lives in Cumberland, said “One aspect about being a good teacher is having a passion for what your teaching and sharing that passion. I love the facets of human anatomy & physiology and how it can relate to people in so many ways. I try to connect the content in a relevant way to the various students (majors) in my classes. Anatomy is often thought of as a difficult subject but if you can grasp it with visuals or with a story or a case study, and see the bigger picture, it makes it relatable. I tend to be pretty organized in my teaching style, often going back to important details from the lecture before and just reinforcing the concepts. I really do care about my students and want them to succeed and I think that comes across.”

About Lenore DiFiore

Lenore DiFioreDr. Lenore DiFiore, assistant professor of biology, joined the College in 2015, teaching courses such as Anatomy and Physiology, Pathophysiology, and Medical Microbiology. She brings to the College over 25 years of experience working in healthcare as an educator, a chiropractor, and as a clinical director. Dr. DiFiore is certified by the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners and holds her Doctor of Chiropractic in Maine, Oregon, and Wales.

Her scholarly interest focuses on the effects of gardening on senior mental health and wellness.