Macon State College MVPs is a web feature that profiles notable students, alumni, faculty and staff.
Full name: Whitney Colleen Elmore.
Hometown: Glasgow, Ky.
Family: Father, Malcome Elmore (deceased); mother, Donna Elmore; sister, Emilee Mosier; and nephews, Dustin and Ryan Mosier.
Job Title: Assistant professor of biology.
Degrees: Associate of science in turfgrass science from Western Kentucky University; bachelor of science in agriculture from WKU; master of science in agriculture from WKU; and Ph.D. in plant pathology from the University of Florida.
Year she joined the Macon State faculty: 2006.
Some of her teaching career highlights are … “Publishing and presenting a paper at an international conference - INTED 2008 - in Valencia, Spain; receiving a $6,000 Lowe's Tool Box for Education grant for an outdoor classroom at Perdue Primary School in Bonaire; and getting numerous thank you cards from former students who reached their full potential in my classroom at Macon State.”
She enjoys teaching at Macon State because … “I have the opportunity to interact with such interesting and diverse students. The student population at Macon State is somewhat unique with a great potential to make a difference in Middle Georgia. I enjoy being a part of the positive changes to come our community's way via our students’ hard work and dedication.”
Her favorite course to teach is … “Probably biology 1001. It’s a non-major science course that gives me the opportunity to reach many students who have a fear of the sciences. I am always pleased to have students, who were once afraid and struggling, to complete the course with an 'A' and have a greater appreciation for science and how it fits into their personal lives.”
One thing people don’t know about Macon State is … “We have a swimming pool!”
One thing people don’t know about her is … “I'm a huge Elvis fan and I almost became a pro golfer.”
In her spare time she likes to … “Travel and spend time with friends, family and my two dogs, Boomer and Buck. I also enjoy researching teaching techniques and reading up on new science developments.”
The one person she’d most like to meet is … "Anne Sullivan. Anne was a special teacher who found the best in a complex student, Helen Keller. She had the wonderful ability to reach a student with many difficulties to overcome as Helen was blind, deaf and mute. If Anne could reach Helen Keller and guide her to become one of our brightest and best thinkers of our time without the benefit of technology and education classes, then surely I can reach at least one student at Macon State. I don't expect to become a perfect teacher, but I would love the opportunity to learn from and be guided by Anne in producing excellent and dedicated students.”
If she wasn’t a college professor she would be … “A marine scientist as I love to snorkel and explore marine wildlife.”