Meet Teri VonHandorf

Photo of Instructor Teri VonHandorfMy role at Gateway: I am the current Associate Provost of Academic Affairs.

How long I’ve worked here: I started working part-time at Gateway in 2001, and moved to full-time status in 2003. I have been here in one capacity or another for nearly nine years.

My hometown: Taylor Mill, KY.

Why I do what I do: I love the work I do because I am an ardent supporter of the mission of the community college. The students at Gateway are an inspiration to me, and seeing them succeed is the greatest reward I can imagine. I am also fortunate to have the opportunity to work side by side with leaders who are caring and talented, yet visionaries that never lose sight of the ultimate goal – student success.

My philosophy: Learning the art of becoming a great leader is a lifelong process. It’s a journey, which involves knowing your core values, taking calculated risk, making mistakes, building sustainable relationships that are authentic and creating an environment where people know that great things are going to happen. At Gateway, we know that working together works.

I like our students because: They are amazing! The attributes I like and respect most about the students at Gateway is their determination and perseverance. Many of the students are juggling families, school and work, and they make incredible sacrifices and overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles to ensure that their dream of earning a degree becomes a reality.

A little more about me: My favorite book is “Pride and Prejudice,” (by Jane Austen). I am in my second semester at Northern Kentucky University pursuing my Doctorate in Educational Leadership. In my free time, I enjoy walking, reading and spending time with family and friends.