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NOVA-Manassas welcomes new faculty

Eight people joined the faculty at the Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College at the start of the fall 2011 semester. More than 6,000 students are enrolled at the Manassas Campus this semester.

Timothy Hadlock is an assistant professor of biology. He taught at Youth for Tomorrow for eight years and has been an adjunct at NOVA since 2006. He holds a master’s degree in zoology from Southern Illinois University and a bachelor’s degree from Auburn University. He lives in Rixeyville with his wife, Karen Dye, and their two children, 8-year-old Jordan and 3-year-old Graham.

Assistant professor of English Chalet A. Jean-Baptiste brings extensive teaching experience acquired at Old Dominion University, Tidewater Community College, Tarrant County College District, Borough of Manhattan Community College and Medgar Evers College. She also has five years of writing and editing experience and is the author of “Black Dresses Stain.” She holds master’s degrees in English from Long Island University and communications from New York Institute of Technology. Jean-Baptiste lives in Manassas Park with her two children, 8-year-old Ariana and 6-year-old Christopher.

Francis Opoku is a new mathematics instructor. Opoku earned a master’s degree in mathematics at George Mason University and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana. He has been a lecturer at Kwame Nkrumah University, a middle school teacher and a NOVA adjunct. Opoku and his wife live in Fairfax with their two children, 9-year-old Nana and 5-year-old Abena.

Assistant professor of biology Anitza M. San Miguel has taught at NOVA since spring 2004. In addition, she has conducted basic research at the National Institutes of Health and was a patent examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. She holds a doctorate in higher education administration from George Washington University, a master’s degree in biotechnology from Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Puerto Rico. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, San Miguel currently lives in Reston with her husband, Juan M. Morales, and their 3-year-old daughter, Andrea.

Bernard Schmidt is an assistant professor of information technology. He holds a master’s degree in applied information technology and a bachelor’s degree in computer science from George Mason University, as well as an associate degree in data processing and accounting from Champlain College in Burlington, Vt. Schmidt has been a NOVA adjunct for five years and is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with more than 32 years of information technology experience. Schmidt lives in Nokesville with his wife, Cathleen, a NOVA graduate.

Developmental English instructor Kelly Usher holds a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Central Michigan University and a reading specialist degree from Shenandoah University. She was a NOVA adjunct for two years and has additional teaching experience with Prince William County Public Schools and Dekalb County Schools in Georgia.

In addition, Forest Fisher is teaching mathematics and Teryll Torry is teaching information technology.

Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through NOVA Online. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.