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Cheryl Rodriguez named WC Staff Member of the Year

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Cheryl Rodriguez was announced as the 2017 Staff Member of the Year during Weatherford College’s annual Employee Awards Dinner held at The Springs on Dec. 14.

Rodriguez came to work as an adjunct at WC in 2009 to handle web development curriculum. In 2014, she was hired full time as the Learning Management System Administrator as is in charge of WC’s online classrooms including the college’s transfer from the Moodle to Canvas online class platform. She also continues as an adjunct instructor teaching business, computer science, web design, database and business English.

She said realizing she was this year’s award recipient made her feel simultaneously overwhelmed and honored.

“There were so many people on that list that have served the college for so many years, I really had no idea that I would even have a chance,” she said.

Derek Peterson, the 2016 recipient of the award introduced Rodriguez as the winner.Staff Member of the year

Staff Member of the Year is determined by a vote of college employees and recognizes the staff member whose outstanding contributions to the college are considered above and beyond their regular job responsibilities and whose work exemplifies a high standard of excellence.

Rodriguez was selected from among eight nominees. The honor includes round-trip airfare for two to anywhere in the continental United States and $1,000. This year’s award was underwritten by Texas Health Resources in Willow Park.

“Weatherford College is an amazing place to work, with so many wonderful people,” Rodriguez said. “My job is one that requires communication and coordination across the different campuses and with not only instructors and students, but staff as well. I have been blessed to work with a wonderful team of individuals who have continued to stand along side me as we move the college towards a seamless Canvas experience. I am humbled and honored by the award and gifts that go along with it. Thank you all so much.”

WC employees who reached five-year increments in employments at the college were also recognized:

40 years - Bob McKinley
Bob McKinley - 40 years



Ken Logan - 25 years





20 year awards
20 Years –  Brent Baker, Erin Davidson, Mike Endy,
Dr. Jim Messinger, Kelly Rodriguez,Terri Thompson, Beth Wetsel, Marcelo Willcham
15 year awards
15 Years –  Lisa Coody, Larry Gillespie, Sandra
Hartnitt, Linda Hutton, Dr. Alexander Ibe, Janetta Kruse, Cal Lewiston, Jessica McKee, Nancy Mulanax, Janice Odom, Michelle Owens, Keri Waller
10 Year Awards
10 Years – Delise Burrus, Christi Dayley,
Dr. Kathy Garofalo, Dawn Kahlden, Romney Landis, Lisa Martin, Evelyn Payne, Lynda Shipman,
Ralinda Stone
5 year awards
5 Years – Chelsea Cochran, Bill Cooper, Elizabeth Endsley, Jimmy Gonzalez, Dianna Irwin, Carolyn Jeane, Misty Kiesendahl, Brenda Pacheco, Terence Paddack, Derek Peterson, Blanca Villavicencio, Denise Walker, Kendall Wessel