We are pleased to welcome two new AIMs and one returning OCR-Manager this Winter semester. Some of you may already be familiar with the excellence in teaching and leadership these individuals have shown in their service as TGLs or OCRs. They are already great assets to our team. Here is a little bit about them:
Allison Hicken – AIM (Family, Child Development, and Education)
We are excited to welcome Allison Hicken as a new AIM in the Family area. Allison has taught online at BYU-Idaho for nearly four years, and has served for nearly all those as an OCR for FAML 360, a class on Family Stress and Coping. She has also worked as a TGL for nearly three years.
Allison graduated from BYU and Utah State, and worked as a therapist for LDS Services for three years before starting her family. Allison lives in Idaho Falls with her husband and four children. She is dedicated to her family and to the instructors and students with whom she works.
Allison replaces Lindsay Call as AIM. We will miss Lindsay's dedicated AIM service, although she returns to Winter 2018 as a Family TGL and welcomed a new baby (Beckett Asher) to her family this December. Lindsay continues to teach FAML 100.
Melissa Davis – AIM (Pathway Connect)
We enthusiastically welcome Melissa Davis as the newest AIM over instructors teaching PathwayConnect courses, replacing Sarah Jackson who termed out at the end of Fall semester. (Note: Sarah continues to serve as a leader as she is facilitating OL 301 this semester and mentoring the entire field of TGLs.)
This is Melissa's fifth year teaching for BYU-Idaho. She termed out as a TGL last Winter, and is excited about this new opportunity. Melissa earned her B.S. and M.S. degrees in English from Utah State University. After eight years living in Logan area she moved to Houston, Texas for almost five years, and is now back in Utah. Melissa has four children, with the oldest two being twins! In her spare time she loves to read, cook, and go out with friends. Fittingly, she is the Relief Society Compassionate Service leader in her ward and enjoys serving the women in that capacity. And, no surprise, Melissa absolutely loves teaching!
Kim Parry - OCRM
We are excited to welcome Kim back as OCR-Manager. Kim is replacing Mike Odom as OCR-M when we discovered Mike had too many credits for the contract, and could not legally serve in that capacity. We are grateful for Mike's service and leadership.
Kim Parry was the first OCR-Manager we had when this role was created, but took a leave of absence before her term was up. Kim was born and raised in the military, but has lived in Utah longer than any other place. She thus refers to herself as a Utahan. She has taught English and Religion courses at numerous universities, both on campus and online. However, BYU-Idaho Online is the favorite place she has ever worked! (We're so glad, Kim!) She has three children, who are the pride and joy of her life. They like to watch movies, play games (especially Five Crowns and Dragonwood) and generally just be crazy. We're so excited to work with Kim and know she will be a huge blessing to her OCRs as she serves and mentors them.