Meet Dee

Photo of Instructor Dee WrightMy role at Gateway: I am an assistant professor and program coordinator for the Machine Tool Technology program. I serve on numerous committees at Gateway, just finished the Master Teachers Seminar and serve on the Faculty Senate.

How long I’ve worked here: I am currently in my ninth year at Gateway.

My hometown: Birmingham, Ala.

Why I do what I do: I went through a program like the one I teach, and the instructor made the program so interesting. I had it in the back of my mind that I would love to do what he was doing one day. I love seeing the expressions on students’ faces when they finally comprehend what you are trying to teach them. The student gets the biggest smile and says, “Oh, now I get it,” and your day is complete.

My philosophy: I want my students to leave this program as machine tools of knowledge. When they enter the workforce, what they do doesn’t just become a job, but a lifelong career.

I like our students because: They come back to visit me after they graduate. A lot of them come back and say that someday they would love to teach. I have been very fortunate to have several former students actually teach as an adjunct here at Gateway. I feel like I have accomplished something when that happens.

A little more about me: My favorite book is “The 360 Degree Leader,” (by John C. Maxwell). The book teaches you that you don’t have to be the main person in charge to lead. My favorite movie is “Caddy Shack.” I have a humorous side!