Rebecca Sailor is the Department Chair of Humanities, Arts, World Languages, and Advancing Academic Achievement (AAA) at Aims Community College. She has worked at Aims for 13 years in the English and Humanities departments, teaching developmental through advanced composition, technical writing, literature, world mythology, and a variety of humanities survey courses. She holds an MA in English and is currently pursuing a doctorate in General Psychology with an emphasis in integrating Technology, Learning, and Psychology.
As a junior college graduate herself, Rebecca is strongly committed to the community college mission and non-traditional students. She is excited to be part of the AAA team because she considers it to be the "secret ingredient" in retention and success for many of our students.
Success Tip: Keep your eye on the prize. There will be difficult moments when you are getting your degree, and it is normal to get overwhelmed and feel like giving up. Don't do it! Keep the big picture in mind, and just get through one assignment, one class, and one semester at a time. You'll be walking across the stage at graduation before you know it.
Denise loves teaching AAA because it can be the most important class a student takes
in their college career. She began teaching AAA as a part-time instructor in 2006
at Front Range Community College and full-time at Aims in 2012. Prior to teaching
AAA, she worked in student affairs at UCLA, Indiana University, Metro State University,
Colorado College and Colorado State University – Fort Collins. Denise has a master's
degree in Education, Student Affairs Administration. Having taught the course for
many years, she enjoys seeing students transform from being unsure to confident in
their abilities in a short amount of time. She is enthusiastic about student success
strategies such as reading, note-taking, test-taking skills and motivation and enjoys
teaching these skills to her students. Having started her education at a community
college and learning these skills through trial and error, Denise knows the value
of them to transform a student’s experience in college. She likes to go beyond teaching
the material and enjoys making personal connections with her students. She sees herself as
a success coach and feels it to be a real privilege to guide students to find success
at Aims Community College.
Success Tip: Take control of your time by creating a master weekly schedule. Success in college requires you to study two to three times the number of hours that you attend class. If you work, have a family and a social life, these hours can be tough to fit in unless you have a plan. Create a master weekly schedule that has your fixed commitments such as classes, work, picking your kids up from school, etc. Then, insert your study time. Treat your study time like you would any commitment and find a location that you can have uninterrupted time such as studying on campus or the library.
Assistant Professor, AAA
Francie is excited to join you on your educational journey here at Aims! She began
working at Aims in 2007 as a Staff Executive in the Student Services offices. In 2012,
she moved into a Retention Advisor position in the STAR center and now teaches AAA
full-time! Francie has a master's degree in Clinical Counseling from the University
of Northern Colorado and is a National Certified Counselor.
Francie enjoys teaching AAA because it allows her the opportunity to connect with and support students in the early stages of their education. She loves watching her students gain confidence and learn valuable knowledge and skills throughout each semester.
Success Tip: Ask questions. Don't be afraid to clarify, ask for help or admit you are not sure of something.
Holly Hartwick started teaching at Aims part-time in 1989, then went full-time in 1995. She earned a B.A. in English from Colorado State University, M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction from The Wichita State University and M.A. in English from the University of Northern Colorado.
Lynn Dean has a PhD from the University of Northern Colorado in Educational Psychology, and teaches psychology and AAA classes at Aims Greeley and Fort Lupton Campuses. Dr. Dean loves teaching, and often acts as a cheerleader for her students throughout their academic careers and beyond.
As a Greeley native, Renae has been active in the educational opportunities it offers, from learning in District 6 schools, earning a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree from the University of Northern Colorado, and taking specialty classes from Aims Community College. Renae was a teacher for 18 years and a secondary school counselor for 15 years. Upon retirement, Renae continues in education helping young adults reach their graduation goals at the Greeley/Evans Alternative Program and teaching AAA at Aims Community College.
Being a part of higher education and teaching the AAA course, is an exciting opportunity for Renae to support students as they gain academic insight, confidence, and preparedness for college success. The strategies, skills, and understandings achieved through AAA are invaluable tools in this process.
Success Tip: You will succeed if you prioritize, persist, and persevere.