Ellen Trainor, Lake Land College adjunct faculty in the agriculture division, received the 2018 Outstanding Part-Time Faculty Award.
Trainor has worked at Lake Land College for several years and has brought inspiration to the college and her classroom. “Her combined background in software, paired with her real world agriculture experience, makes for an outstanding combination of skills for her students,” said nominator Ryan Orrick, division chair agriculture/agriculture instructor.
Dave Storm, Lake Land College Board of Trustees chair, said in her nomination, “Ms. Trainor has been an esteemed member of our part-time faculty for several years and has an exemplary record as an innovative classroom instructor. She consistently incorporates emerging agricultural technologies into her instructional plan, thus preparing her students for the rapidly changing pace of industry demands.”
As agriculture technology changes, Trainor is training her students to be up to date with the newest technology and to perform without hesitation with real world industry demands.
Trainor also strives to go above and beyond academic course objectives and make personal connections with each of her students. This encourages her students to feel comfortable with her, as well as encourage them to set goals and meet high expectations.
Trainor has a bachelor’s degree in agribusiness economics from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and a master’s degree in ag education from the University of Illinois. She lives in Shelbyville with her husband Chuck and their three children Sydney, Chase and Sophie, where they raise cattle and grow corn, soybeans, wheat and hay.
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