Barbara Wolfe Named HCC Master Teacher
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Last updated:Thursday, Jun 14, 2012 at 09:29 AM Posted:Wednesday, Jun 13, 2012 at 08:42 AM
Haywood Community College Criminal Justice Program Manager and Instructor Barbara Wolfe was selected as Master Teacher for the school for 2012. She has taught at the college for eight years and brings more than 20 years of field to the classroom from working in every division of the Asheville Police Department.
Wolfe’s first encounter with HCC came in 1978 when she completed the Basic Law Enforcement Training course on campus. She also has a Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Western Carolina University and a Master’s degree in criminal justice from the University of South Carolina.
Wolfe says teaching in the criminal justice field requires her to constantly research to keep students up to date on the latest laws and legislation and to keep adding the latest technology to the program such as cybercrime and emergency management.
“The most important thing I want students to learn from me is how to work with integrity and tenacity, to have high ethical standards and to always care about people. To be successful in this field, you must have a combination of all these characteristics. How good the criminal justice system is is really up to these students.”
Wolfe incorporates giving back to the community into HCC’s criminal justice program by continuously raising funds for local non-profit agencies. In addition, she teaches students the importance of community policing. “I think it is very important to let the community know that officers are people just like them,” she explains. “They need to get to know their community and help them. Officers are not just there to put people in jail.”
To be considered for teaching awards at HCC, instructors are nominated by their students. One of Wolfe’s students said, “Barbara is simply the best. She never gives up.”
Wolfe says the learning process is a two way street. She is constantly learning from her students how she can grow to be a better person. This concept overflows into the program she teaches where she says she strives to develop the program to make it into one of the best in the state.
Wolfe lives in Arden and enjoys being outdoors. She enjoys physical fitness, running, and camping.
“I enjoy working at HCC because not only is it a beautiful campus, but the employees are great and it is a fun environment,” she says.
Haywood Community College Criminal Justice Program Manager and Instructor Barbara Wolfe was selected as Master Teacher for the school for 2012.