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North Cape May Resident Receives Award for Teaching Excellence

June 18, 2007

Francis Rauscher of North Cape May, senior adjunct instructor of English at Atlantic Cape Community College, was awarded the college's third Adjunct Teaching Excellence Award at the school's 40th annual commencement ceremony in May.

The college created the award to honor an adjunct instructor "who cares deeply about students and demonstrates a passion for teaching and learning," ACCC president Dr. Peter Mora said. "This year's winner is someone who challenges students to think critically and engages them in lessons that stretch their minds."

In nominating Rauscher for the award, a colleague said, "Some students dread taking a literature class, but in Fran's classes many are pleasantly surprised to learn that the subject matter is truly within their reach."

Rauscher, who earned his bachelor's degree in English at LaSalle University and master's degree in education from Temple University, retired from teaching full-time in 2004.

However, with 40 years of teaching in Pennsylvania schools under his belt, Rauscher could not let his passion go. He joined the ACCC faculty in September 2005 as an adjunct professor and was promoted two years later to senior adjunct professor.

"I love the community environment of the college, everyone is very close and everyone knows each other," Rauscher said.

While retirement has not set into full effect for Rauscher, he enjoys keeping busy in other ways besides teaching English. He is a member of the Cape May County Campus Leadership Team while also assisting at recruitment events.

"I have, and continue to have, wonderful experiences at the college," said Rauscher. "I am very excited about this award."