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Renee Martinez Receives 2023 Staff Award


Nash Community College has announced Renee Martinez as the 2023 J. Edgar and Peggie T. Moore Staff Award recipient. Martinez will represent NCC as a nominee for the 2023 North Carolina Community College System Staff Award.

Martinez began working at Nash Community College in 2010 as an English Instructor and is currently the Executive Director of Advising Services. She previously served as the Core Curriculum Coordinator, Faculty Development Coordinator and Director of Advising.

Martinez demonstrates the mission of the college and commitment to students by enhancing processes in the Advising Center to remove barriers and meet the needs of students. She is also a part of the team working on the Racial Equity for Adult Credentials in Higher Education (REACH) Initiative focused on helping Black, Hispanic Latino and Native American adults earn credentials.

“Martinez often goes above and beyond the duties asked of her,” her peer nominator shared, “assisting students during holiday breaks or weekends. Her willingness to work long hours on evenings and weekends is just one way she shows her devotion to the students and our institution. Her service to the community is displayed by her engagement with Nash County Public Schools and her eagerness to attend community events to represent the college.”

Renee Martinez earned an Associate of Arts from Peace College, a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in English from East Carolina University and a Master of Adult Education from East Carolina University. She has also completed professional development training at the state and national level.

The Staff Award is an annual award recognizing the outstanding work ethic of a non-instructional employee at NCC. J. Edgar and Peggie T. Moore of Rocky Mount established the NCC Staff Award in 2004 acknowledging the achievement of the recipient. The Moores were longtime friends of the college also providing support for the Excellence in Teaching Award. In 1998, they established the NCC J. Edgar and Peggie T. Moore Faculty Senate Scholarship and later funded the Peggie Thigpen Moore Endowed Chair for Culinary Arts in 2009 honoring NCC Culinary faculty. The Peggie T. Moore Culinary Arts Wing in the College’s Business and Industry Center honors Mr. and Mrs. Moore’s legacy.