Bainter Named Carl Sandburg College Faculty Member of the Year

  Aaron Frey
  Tuesday, June 30, 2020 10:08 AM
  Campus News

Galesburg, IL

Stacy Bainter has been named the 2020 Carl Sandburg College Faculty Member of the Year after students and fellow faculty members nominated her for her outstanding work in the classroom.

Bainter was recognized as the winner Tuesday during Sandburg’s virtual celebration for its 2019-20 graduates. A 2000 graduate of Carl Sandburg College’s nursing program, Bainter has taught at her alma mater since 2008, when she started as a practical nursing lab instructor.

Bainter became an adjunct instructor in the nursing assistant program in 2011 and has been a full-time instructor since 2015. She has been the program coordinator for Sandburg’s basic nursing assistant program since 2017 and is in her first year as the LPN program coordinator. Bainter also served as a health occupations teacher at the Galesburg Area Vocational Center from 2011-2015.

“I am very humbled and in awe by winning this award,” Bainter said. “This award reminds me that I am making an impact and changing lives with my students. My students and teaching complete the circle of my life.”

Prior to her teaching career, Bainter worked as a registered nurse from 2000-15 in long-term care, holding positions of floor nurse, charge nurse, supervisor, MDS coordinator, assistant director or nursing and director of nursing.

After graduating from Sandburg, Bainter went on to earn her bachelor’s in nursing from the University of Phoenix in 2007 and a master’s in nursing (nurse educator track) from McKendree University in 2015. In October 2016, she was inducted into McKendree’s chapter of Sigma Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.

“The most gratifying thing to me about being an instructor is when my students are successful with their courses (theory, lab and clinical) and pass their state exam or NCLEX and begin their new career as a certified nursing assistant (CNA) or licensed practical nurse (LPN),” Bainter said. “My heart swells when my students start building confidence in clinical of becoming a nurse, and I cut the cord to let them spread their wings. I am always right there with a push and encouragement if needed.”


Stacy Bainter

Carl Sandburg College Faculty Member of the Year Recipients
2020 — Stacy Bainter

2019 — Marjorie Smolensky

2018 — James Hutchings

2017 — Christina Stone

2016 — Kylie Price

2015 — Michael Crandell

2014 — Lara Roemer

2013 — Dia McKillip

2012 — Shanon Dickerson

2011 — David Kellogg

2010 — Vickie Culbertson

2009 — Lisa Walker

2008 — Dave Burns

2007 — Keith Williams

2006 — Linda Lee

2005 — Wendel Hunigan

2004 — James Craig Sanford

2003 — Carol Petersen

2002 — Larry Schroeder

2001 — Dave Wujek

2000 — Norm Burdick

1999 — Michael Crandell

1998 — Cathy White

1997 — Julie Gibb

1996 — Jack Daddona

1995 — Carlene Woodside

1994 — Marilou Schisler

1993 — Cynthia Thompson

1992 — Janet LaDage

1991 — Carol Eiten

1990 — Jim MacDonald

1989 — James Graham

1988 — James Graham

1987 — Judy Helm

1986 — Genevieve Yaw

1985 — James Graham

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