And the winners are…
One of the most difficult challenges for the Veritas Prep headquarters staff each December is selecting its Instructors of the Year from an incredibly talented pool of teachers around the world. Veritas Prep GMAT instructors are among the most accomplished groups of people you can find, as the faculty boasts PhD degrees from Ivy League schools, MBAs from all of the top programs, pedigrees in professional music, comedy, and athletic performance, and hundreds of awards won from other professional and academic organizations. From NCAA All-American selections to the Philly’s Phunniest Comedian award, Veritas Prep instructors have won countless honors just to be selected as qualified to teach the classes in the first place (in addition to the requisite 99th percentile GMAT score); to be selected as the elite members of that faculty is an honor that must truly be earned.
When selecting the award winners each year, the Academic Services staff at Veritas Prep considers the highest-ranking instructors based on student evaluations – to win, an instructor needs to grade out at over 9.5/10 on the question “I would give my instructor the following overall recommendation” – and factors in the informal, unsolicited feedback that students submit when reporting their successes and satisfaction with the program. This year’s winners are:
David Newland – Boston and Virtual Veritas Prep
Much like a rock star, David can possibly best be described using the phrase “back by popular demand”, as his students’ friends voraciously call the Veritas Prep offices to ask when David will be teaching next. Upon hearing that he had been chosen as Instructor of the Year, David noted that “I had a pretty good year, but really I was just trying to set the stage for a run at the award in 2009″.
Burak Powers – Houston and Austin
2008 was a good year for people named Burak/Barack, and like his namesake the co-winner of the Instructor of the Year award was able to impress audiences with impassioned speeches rife with both thorough knowledge and a “yes we can” attitude. Burak sets a new precedent for instructor evaluation score as a frequent recipient of the “write-in eleven”, earned when students feel the need to rate their instructor higher than the upper-limit score of 10. Much like Barack, Burak looks forward to an even-better 2009 as he strives to live up to the lofty expectations created by his success.
Congratulations to both David and Burak, and to the entire Veritas Prep faculty for a year of record-setting excellence. For more information on the Veritas Prep faculty, and a complete list of Instructor of the Year award winners, please visit our GMAT instructor profiles page.