If it’s February in Southern California, it must be awards season. This past weekend, Los Angeles played host to the Grammys, and the nominees for this month’s Academy Awards were announced. Just a few miles west, at Veritas Prep headquarters in Malibu, the academic services team at Veritas Prep sorted through its 2009 evaluation data to select its winners for the almost-as-prestigious Instructor of the Year award.
To be considered for the Instructor of the Year award is an honor in itself. Veritas Prep’s GMAT prep instructors are no strangers to award and honors, with the faculty possessing accolades such as NCAA All-American, Forbes Future Capitalist, and Philly’s Phunniest Comedian. Selecting award winners from this already select group is a difficult task, but the selection committee thanks this year’s winners for excelling at their job enough to make that decision a bit easier.
Without further ado, this year’s winners are:
- Rob Stringham, New York City
- Bobby Umar, Toronto
Rob Stringham, New York City
A Veritas Prep instructor since 2004, Rob has managed to lead the worldwide faculty in instructor evaluation scores with the added degree-of-difficulty of teaching in the world’s most demanding market, New York. Typically juggling multiple schedules – often teaching on Long Island or in New Jersey in addition to his Manhattan classes – Rob strikes an admirable rapport with his students, eliciting multiple comments to the extent of “Rob was probably the best teacher I’ve ever had”.
Bobby Umar, Toronto
Bobby’s GMAT students are typically well-prepared for the AWA essays if only because they get so much writing practice when they submit multiple paragraphs of praise in the “optional comments’ section of their course evaluations; Bobby leads the worldwide faculty in length-of-comments and number-of-exclamation-points in his course reviews, having inspired his students with equal parts knowledge of, confidence in, and enthusiasm for the GMAT. Like Rob, Bobby garners praise to the extent of “Bobby is the best teacher I’ve ever had at any level;” the team at Veritas Prep headquarters agrees that he’s one of the best that we’ve ever had, as well.
Veritas Prep Instructor of the Year winners will be teaching several classes around the world this spring. Their upcoming assignments include:
- Bobby Umar: Toronto Weekend Course, February 13;
From the entire Veritas Prep team, we’d like to offer a huge CONGRATS to Rob and Bobby! Great work in 2009, guys. Here’s to an even better 2010!