Colby Community College business instructor Crystal Pounds is the recipient of the 2019 Tangeman Award for Teaching Excellence. The announcement was made during the college's commencement activities on May 10.

The award was established in 1988 and named after the school’s second president, Dr. James Tangeman, to recognize an outstanding instructor. Each year the selection is made by a committee of previous recipients and current CCC students.

“Crystal is known for her dedication to students and being task-oriented. And I must also note that she is quick to tell me when I am wrong," joked Vice President of Academic Affairs Brad Bennett during the presentation.

Pounds began her career at the college in 2005 after earning a Bachelor of Arts in Information Networking and Telecommunications (INT) with an emphasis in Web Development from Fort Hays State University. She also holds a Master of Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Instructional Technology from FHSU. Since coming to CCC, she earned Microsoft Office Specialist Master Certification by passing the Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Word Expert, and Excel Expert.

She is engaged in college activities and is a fan of various athletics.

"I enjoy following CCC events and watching sports," she said. "I'm known for having a 'traveling TV' where I can watch football while baking, watch baseball on the patio, or watch multiple basketball games during March Madness. I also enjoy traveling, reading, and scrapbooking."

Pounds, who served as a Colby Diplomat for the Colby/Thomas County Chamber for three years," is looking forward to staying involved with activities throughout the community.

"I am honored to receive the Tangeman award and join the elite group of faculty that have been recognized for dedication, perseverance, and passion for student learning. In addition to teaching, I have worn many hats throughout my 13 years at CCC and look forward to building more community relationships and watching CCC continue to excel."