Meet Your Neighbor is a feature of the Independent that introduces readers to a community member. To receive a profile form or to nominate a neighbor, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Emily Dimson works at Mesa Community College Red Mountain Campus.
Name: Emily Dimson
School: Mesa Community College at Red Mountain
How long I have worked in education: 13 years
Why I chose to work for this school: I chose to work for Mesa Community College because I have a passion for education and MCC has 50 years of excellence in education. I stay because I admire how passionate the faculty are about the disciplines they specialize in and how hard the staff and faculty work to provide a quality learning environment for our students.
What I like most about what I do: I love working with students and being a part of their educational journey. I love the native Sonoran Desert that surrounds the Red Mountain campus; it’s a beautiful place to come to work every day. The campus recently received the North American Native Plant Society’s Founders Conservation Award for MCC at Red Mountain’s efforts to preserve the campus’ surrounding Sonoran Desert and its use of these resources in education and outreach. It’s a privilege working for a campus so committed to the environment and conservation.
Where I came from: Ontario, Canada
What degree(s) I hold and from what institution: B.Sc. University of Guelph; M.Sc. University of Guelph
If I had picked a different occupation, it might have been: Psychologist
What I’m looking forward to the most this school year: I love that every semester brings new students, new experiences, new challenges, new opportunities.
My vision for the school: A campus admired for its commitment to the environment and conservation.
My top priority for the school this upcoming year: Completing an educational signage project for our cienega. The cienega was recently approved to be used as a refuge for four species of endangered Arizona fish. A total of 307 desert pupfish were added to the cienega on Nov. 4. Our cienega is also home to desert tortoises, mud turtles and several species of lizards and frogs. Come out and see the amazing educational displays on the MCC’s Red Mountain campus.
Favorite community cause & why: Hippotherapy, which is the use of horseback riding in physical therapy. The horse’s walking gait provides physical and sensory input to the patient. It improves physical strength, balance, neurological functioning and sensory processing, as well as building confidence.
My interests and hobbies: Yoga, collecting antique books and 78 rpm records.
The trait(s) I admire in others: Integrity and kindness
People who inspired me (and how): My Dad raised me on his own. He gets all the credit (or criticism) for the person I am today.
My guiding philosophy: How can this benefit our students?
How I think students can achieve their potential: Hard work, dedication, belief in one’s own abilities.
My advice to today’s youth: You are capable of more than you probably realize. Believe in yourself.
One thing I want students to know about me: We want to see you succeed. We are all here to help you; you just need to ask.
One thing I want parents to know about me: I care about your child’s success. We are all rooting for them to succeed.
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