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San Jacinto College
News Release
Thursday, August 25, 2011

Deer Park Chamber of Commerce honors two San Jacinto College faculty members

PASADENA, Texas — San Jacinto College (SJC) biology professor Patty Steinke, and computer information technology professor Mike Kent, were recently honored as this year's Outstanding Faculty Members at the Deer Park Chamber of Commerce Salute to Education luncheon.

Kent was recognized for his 20 years of service in teaching computer science at SJC, during which he has obtained distinguished faculty member level 3, elected as incoming president of the San Jacinto Faculty Organization, and was chosen as outstanding Technical Faculty Member and Minnie Piper Nominee for 2011. Kent's prior experience includes working for Lockheed-Martin at the Johnson Space Center, where he worked on approximately 25 shuttle missions. He got his start as an educator at Lee College teaching computer literacy courses to inmates at the Texas Department of Corrections.

"This is my 20th year as a professor at San Jacinto College," said Kent. "I love my job, and I love teaching.  Now on top of all that, to get the Deer Park Salute to Education Award just makes it even greater."

Kent received his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Master of Science in Computer Science from Sam Houston State University.

Steinke has also spent the last two decades teaching at SJC as a biology professor. During her time at the College, she's obtained distinguished faculty member levels 1, 2, and 3, and was recognized as Outstanding Faculty Member for the Central campus, Marquis Who's Who of American Women, and Who's Who of America's Teachers. Steinke's prior experience includes teaching as a high school science teacher and serving as a quality assurance technician for the Rector Seal Corporation.

"This has been the greatest professional recognition I have received," said Steinke. "However, what is especially meaningful to me is to have current and prior students contact me and let me know how much the education they have received in my class has positively influenced their lives.  I believe biological education is very important for everyone."

Steinke is a San Jacinto College graduate, having earned her associate degree in chemistry. She went on to earn bachelor's degrees in both chemistry and biology from the University of Houston-Clear Lake, and later returned to the university for her master's degree in biology.

The Salute to Education event is held annually to welcome all newly hired Deer Park Independent School District teachers and recognize faculty members from San Jacinto College and Texas Chiropractic College.

About San Jacinto College

Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for 50 years. The College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of more than 29,000 students in over 140 degree and certificate options, including university transfer and career-track choices. Students also benefit from the College’s job training programs, renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College. Your Goals. Your College.

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