FARMINGTON — Henry Oh, an associate professor and director of the Respiratory Therapy Program at San Juan College, has received the Master Teacher of Honor Award from Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education.
As the third recipient of the award this year, Oh joins a select group of educators.
Oh became the college's director of the Respiratory Therapy Program in 2009 and was involved in its development and accreditation, according to a news release from San Juan College.
"Dr. Oh demonstrates an extraordinary level of personal commitment to his students, his colleagues and San Juan College," said Christy Ferrato, the college' director of advising and counseling, in the news release.
Kappa Delta Pi began the Master Teachers of Honor Award in fall 2011. To earn the designation, an educator must have more than 15 years of classroom teaching experience; submit evidence of professional development, leadership, community service and exceptional contributions to the education profession; and demonstrate a commitment to integrity and high standards in the classroom. The award recognizes teachers from early childhood instructors to university faculty.
Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson appointed Oh in 2010 to serve on the state's Respiratory Care Licensure Board, and Oh is currently its chairman. He is also an executive board member of the National Lambda Beta Honor Society for Respiratory Care.
Oh has a doctorate in education with emphasis in instructional leadership in health sciences. He is a registered respiratory therapist, a certified medical technologist and a chartered biologist. He is also the past president of the American Medical Technologists New Mexico State Society and editor of its official publication, "El Tecnico."
"I am proud to be one of Dr. Henry Oh's student success stories," said Delphine "Pennie" Thompson, a 2013 San Juan College respiratory therapy graduate, in the release. "I was blessed to have the strong support from Dr. Oh as an instructor."