Saddleback College Recognizes 2016 Professors of the Year

Saddleback College named Professor Steve Teh, a full-time biology instructor, Jeffrey Oderlin, an associate professor of liberal arts, and Lisa Messenger, an associate professor of health and wellness in the Emeritus Institute, as the 2016 Professors of the Year. The instructors were nominated by their students and will be recognized at the college’s commencement ceremony on Tuesday, May 24th.

Dr. Tod A. Burnett, president of Saddleback College, stated, “Professors Teh, Oderlin, and Messenger are truly dedicated educators who have very positively influenced many lives. Congratulations to these remarkable instructors for the work they do every day for our students.”

The Professor of the Year is Steve Teh, who has been teaching at Saddleback College since 1999. Steve is beloved by his students for his evident passion for teaching biology, and fostering a family environment in his classroom that cements lasting friendships between students. His students love that he always incorporates fun into learning, inspiring many to major in Biology. It is his compassion, love for the subject, and encouragement that make his students say he epitomized what a professor should be.

The Associate Professor of the Year is Jeffrey Oderlin, who has been teaching English at Saddleback College since 2011. Jeffrey is well-known for genuinely caring about his students and their success, encouraging them to think critically and view all aspects when analyzing an issue. His students praise him for his engaging teaching style and compassion for his subject.

The Emeritus Institute’s Professor of the Year is health and wellness professor Lisa Messenger. Her students describe her as a rare gem who teaches with contagious enthusiasm. Students also shared that her teaching style contributed to their mental and physical health, vitality, and engagement to the world around them. Among her students, Lisa is considered one of the best teachers they’ve had throughout their academic lives.