Rebecca Halsey.

Teachers change lives. And it only takes one to make a difference in the life of a student.

For Syntiche N’Dongo that one professor was Rebecca Halsey.

N’Dongo, a 2015 GTCC Computer Technologies graduate, recently recognized Halsey for helping to shape her life. Halsey, an associate professor of Computer Technologies at GTCC, recently received the One Professor award, a nationally student-driven recognition established by Pearson Education that honors that “one professor” who changed a student’s life. As part of Halsey’s nomination, N’Dongo submitted a video testimonial that expresses how Halsey has impacted her.

“She basically almost saved me because without programming, I don’t know where I would be,” N’Dongo says in her testimonial. “ … She helped me find what I wanted to do and has given me the determination to move forward and just push and do everything that I’m doing now. And I don’t think that would have been possible without her.”

Halsey received a certification of appreciation. She said she was honored and humbled to be recognized.

“This is what teaching is all about,” said Halsey, who began teaching at GTCC as an adjunct in 2007 and has been a full-time instructor since 2010. “I have a passion for helping students enter the world of programming and computer science. When it happens, there is nothing else like it!”

View N’Dongo’s One Professor video below.


— Carla Kucinski/GTCC