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NECC Employees Honored for Work

Submitted by on November 12, 2013 – 10:11 am
NECC President Lane Glenn, Shawn Patti, Sue Tashjian, and Kevin Mitchell

NECC President Lane Glenn, Shawn Patti, Sue Tashjian, and Kevin Mitchell

Three Northern Essex Community College employees, Kevin Mitchell of Andover, Susan Tashjian of Bradford, and Shawn Patti of Newbury, recently received the quarterly employee recognition award for the fourth quarter of 2013.

The Employee Recognition Award recognizes the many and varied contributions of the college’s nearly 700 employees. Employees are selected each quarter based on recommendations from supervisors and co-workers. Recipients receive a $150 certificate to the restaurant or mall of his or her choice.

Mitchell, has taught in the department of natural science for five years. He was nominated by fellow professor Mike Cross who wrote, “Kevin is an extremely dedicated professor…he is constantly improving his teaching methods. For example, over the summer he completely redid the entire lab manual for Physiological Chemistry without any external reward. He was simply concerned with the efficacy of the current manual and decided to come up with labs that were safe, effective and enjoyable for the students…Kevin is always concerned with what is best for his students… He consistently puts the needs of his students above his own.”

Mitchell holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biochemistry from California Polytechnic State University and a PhD in biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Tashjian, who has worked at the college for eight years, is the coordinator of Instructional Technology in NECC’s Center for Instructional Technology and Distance Learning. She works with faculty to design and develop both online and hybrid courses and assist them with their instructional technology needs in the classroom.

She was nominated by her colleague Cherie Hagen who wrote “Sue goes above and beyond her duties on a daily basis. As a CIT team member she is delightful to work, always bringing laughter, a smile, but most importantly, a valuable contribution to the table. Team projects are fulfilling and successful, thanks to her participation… Sue is loved by faculty throughout the college. They look forward to coming to CIT to work with her and get a sense of reassurance from her…”

Tashjian holds a Bachelor Science Degree in Business Studies from Southern New Hampshire University and a Master of Education in Instructional Design from UMass Boston.

Patti, associate director of management information systems (MIS) has worked at NECC for just under two years. He was nominated by Nathan Gilbert, director of online communications who lauded Patti for helping to improve the online user experience for all students, staff, and faculty on campus.

“He is one of those rare individuals whose work ethic, patience, and incredible competence help everyone else’s day run smoother…”

He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology from Northeastern University.

For additional information contact Mary Chatigny, director of NECC human resources at 978-556-3925 or