Enrollment at Richmond Community College in Hamlet has grown by more than 1,000 students in the last five years. This fall, eight new faculty members and a distance learning coordinator were added to meet the growing demands in the classrooms.
Townsend, of Laurinburg, earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from UNC-Pembroke.
He worked as a tutor at the UNC-Pembroke Writing Center before teaching at the high school level for Richmond and Scotland County Schools. He taught as an adjunct instructor at RCC before joining the English department.
“I am passionate about what I do,” said Townsend. “I am a lover of the English language, yes, but more than anything, I have a passion for teaching and helping members of our service area, as they embark on their respective journeys to better themselves and become productive members of society. While it is true that I teach English, more importantly, I teach students. I have a student-centered teaching philosophy, and at the end of the day, all roads lead to the student.”
He said he is happy to be part of an institution that offers students a warm, inviting environment where they can learn, grow and thrive.
“We do not adopt a ‘one size fits all’ approach to education and are fortunate enough to get to know our students not only as students, but as individuals as well,” he said. “More than anything, the best thing about the community college is that everyone feels like one big family. It’s a positive environment, and I am proud to be a member of the RCC team.”