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Hard Work Pays Off for the Winner of the ACCC Adjunct Teaching Excellence Award

June 25, 2008

Math teacher Mohammad Islam of Atlantic City received the Atlantic Cape Community College Adjunct Teaching Excellence Award during the May 29 commencement.

"Being in a minority and being an immigrant, you have to work harder," Islam said. "You are the first generation here, so you have to pave the way for others in your family who come here."

Islam, who is originally from Bangladesh, has been in the United States for 12 years. A graduate of ACCC (2000), the distinguished Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, where he earned an MBA, Islam is now working on a second masters in education at Stockton. In addition to his position at ACCC, he teaches eighth grade English at the Uptown School Complex in Atlantic City. He also served on the ACCC board of trustees as an alumni representative in 2000-2001.          

Known for his enthusiasm and empathetic approach to teaching, Islam often stayed after class to tutor students.

His future goal is to expand his academic career.

"I want to help local people to grow," he said.

Of the award, he said: "I'm so honored to receive this. I am so proud of ACCC."