Carpenter Named LLTC Faculty Member of the YearNov 15th, 2009 | By tcj | Category: 21-2: K-12 Education, Winter 2009, Tribal College News
Rochell “Rocky” Carpenter has been named Leech Lake Tribal College’s (LLTC, Cass Lake, MN) Faculty Member of the Year, receiving recognition from both LLTC and the American Indian College Fund. Many students recommended her for the award, citing her dedication and care for students and her patience when teaching complex skills. One student recomendation admired Carpenter’s “willingness to believe in us, even when we don’t believe in ourselves.” In addition to her teaching duties, Carpenter has researched educational programs geared toward green technology and renewable energy. During the 2008-09 academic year, she helped forge a partnership with the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe’s Planning Division and a regional nonprofit solar energy company to install a solar heating system on one campus building. In addition to continuing LLTC’s commitment to sustainable development, this model system is used to train students in the installation and maintenance of solar energy systems and serves as a working demonstration of the technology. Carpenter, who has been an instructor at Leech Lake Tribal College for six years, currently serves as chair of the Professional Studies Department in addition to her duties teaching full-time in the residential carpentry program.