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Employees Recognized for Work Performance

Submitted by on January 25, 2018 – 5:05 pm

NECC President Lane Glenn with quarterly employee award recipients Noreen Fantasia, Jennifer Fielding, and David Howard.

Three Northern Essex Community College employees Noreen Fantasia of Salem, NH, David Howard of North Andover, and Jennifer Fielding of Methuen, recently received the quarterly employee recognition award for the first quarter of 2018.

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.

Fantasia, an eight-year employee of NECC worked as a tutor in the reading center for five years. She currently coordinates the internships in the career and experiential education program.

She was nominated by several co-workers. Tricia Butler, an administrative assistant in academic affairs, wrote in her nomination, “We saw her very optimistic, calm manner with students and all of the extra hours she put in supporting and growing the Career Services Center. Despite how busy she was…if someone in our office appeared to be in need of assistance or support she was right there.” “She is reliable and creative in her work,” wrote Deb LaValley, an administrative assistant in Student Success. Ashley Moore, director of academic, career and civic engagement at NECC, supported the nomination writing, “Noreen holds high work standards. Our office is very fast-paced and constantly changing. Noreen has picked up the work quickly, she takes on new responsibilities, and anticipates things that need to get done and does them without being asked. She is often one step ahead of me, particularly with the day-to-day operations of the Internship Program.”

Fantasia holds a Bachelor of Art in Psychology from Salem State University.

For 15 years, Howard has been a staff assistant and English as a Second Language (ESL) tutor on the Lawrence campus. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Boston College and a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts from Merrimack College. He also earned a TESOL Certificate of Completion from the School for International Training (SIT) Graduate Institute.

He received two nominations. Gretchyn A. Gallagher, a tutor in NECC’s  Tutoring Center, wrote “David understands that different students have varying foundation skills and learning styles, and he adjusts accordingly. David Howard has a consistent high work standard, and he is always friendly, cooperative, and courteous to every individual on campus.  He understands that the student is our priority, and helping each one develop their comprehension.” Jennifer Levesque, is an academic coordinator in the Tutoring Center, wrote “David is a reliable, respectful and dedicated tutor. David serves many students and usually does it as the sole tutor during the evenings and Saturdays…”

Mike Hearn, NECC’s director of Library Services nominated Lawrence campus librarian Jennifer Fielding noting she is an exemplary employee of the library and the college. “She expertly manages a very dynamic library on the Lawrence campus with very limited supervision, and has enhanced the student service touch points in very innovative and efficient ways. Through networking and establishing a college presence, Jenny has expanded the Information Literacy program on the Lawrence campus, offering more sessions to faculty in a dedicated IL lab…”

Fielding earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in Theater Arts from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master of Library Science from Southern Connecticut State University.