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Holland honored as outstanding instructor

Aug 24, 2017


As an instructor in the Division of Business at Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas (PCCUA)-Helena, Kayla Holland shares her passion for teaching and encourages students to strive to reach their goals every day.

Holland, of Rondo, has been selected the 2016-2017 Outstanding Faculty member at PCCUA and will be honored as PCCUA’s outstanding instructor by Arkansas Community Colleges in October.

“I absolutely love my job and could not think of a more rewarding career,” she said. “I am a helper by nature, so to help students learn new material and see them grasp new concepts is truly my calling.”

Holland joined Phillips as a computer lab assistant for the Division of Business & Information Systems in January of 2011 and became an instructor in 2013.

“I love to teach my students new concepts and encourage them to complete their goals and strive to be the best they can be. Seeing them grasp what I am teaching them and apply it to their lives is the ultimate payoff.”

She enjoys teaching such classes as Computer Information Systems (on campus and online) Medical Terminology I & II, Business Communication (online), Medical Transcription, and Computers in the Medical Office. You may also find Holland advising students for the Office Technology and Medical Coding programs. While she loves classroom instruction, graduation is when all the hard work pays off.

“I love graduation, because I am able to see my students’ progression from beginning as a new student all the way up to graduation. It is, without a doubt, my favorite time of the year,” she noted.  

A 2005 graduate of Barton High School, Holland received an Associate of Arts degree in General Education in 2008, a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 2010 at Arkansas State University, and a Master of Science in Education-Business Technology from Arkansas State University in 2013.

Actively involved in campus issues, Holland serves as a member of the Faculty Association, vice president of the Faculty Senate, chair of the Faculty Development Committee, graduation assistant, session leader for Student Orientation, and member of the Distance Learning, Portfolio Review, and Curriculum Committees.

Holland is a member of Harmony Baptist Church where she serves as a Sunday school teacher for preschool-kindergarten children. Her favorite pastimes include spending time with her two children, being outdoors, and hunting with her dad.