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Award recognizes top 10% of Keiser University instructors
Connie Sue Centrella, department chair of the online two-year Keiser University eCampus Aquatic Engineering Degree Program, recently was honored for a fifth time by Keiser University as an Instructor of Distinction with the Evelyn C. Keiser Teaching Excellence Award. The award, one of the university’s highest honors, is given to only the top 10% of instructors throughout the Keiser system. Centrella, a veteran of the pool and spa industry, has been recognized by the university for an unprecedented five consecutive years. She has played a significant role in the success and development of the online Aquatic Engineering Degree program, now in its seventh year.
“My goal is to instill a passion for learning in my students. Their success is my success,” Centrella said. “Keeping them motivated to learn, and passionate to be the best they can be, will result in greater professionalism for our industry. Our industry is being revolutionized through the increasing value placed on education.”
The Keiser University Teaching Excellence Award Program recognizes full-time faculty for their excellence in teaching based on a series of criteria for each course taught by the faculty member. Instructor of Distinction Award winners are announced during the annual faculty convocation held in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., which brings together more than 800 faculty members from 14 Keiser University campuses, and the eCampus.
In 2009, Centrella earned an MBA in leadership for managers through the online Keiser University MBA program. In addition to her teaching and administrative responsibilities at Keiser University, she is director of education for Team Horner, and is a sustainability officer, having been certified in the principles of green and sustainable business practices. Centrella is an industry veteran, with more than 40 years in the pool and spa industry. A former pool builder with extensive knowledge in pool construction and equipment installation as well as manufacturing, Centrella designed and built 1,500 commercial and residential swimming pools. She is also a National Swimming Pool Foundation Certified Instructor and has certified more than 1,850 pool service technicians, retailers and instructors worldwide. Centrella writes for many industry publications and instructs at industry conferences and trade shows.