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4/29/2013 - N. Ky Residents Earn Top Teaching Awards at Cincinnati State

April 29, 2013

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N. Ky. residents earn top teaching awards at Cincinnati State
Stani Kantcheva, a resident of Fort Wright, Ky., and Ryan Shadle, a Fort Thomas resident, have been awarded top teaching honors for 2013 at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College.

Kantcheva and Shadle are recipients of the 2013 House/Bruckmann Award for Faculty Excellence. It is the highest teaching honor bestowed by Cincinnati State. Two recipients are selected annually by faculty and administrators who are directly involved in the teaching process. In addition to receiving a cash stipend and recognition at a college-wide reception, Kantcheva and Shadle will be honored during Cincinnati State’s commencement ceremonies on May 5.

Kantcheva is a native of Bulgaria. She studied fashion design in high school because, she said, she wanted to be different. She achieved that goal in a field that had nothing to do with clothes, earning a Master’s in Electrical Engineering at Technical University in Sofia, Bulgaria, during a six-year course of study that she completed in 1997.

Along the way, she began helping her father in his accounting business, and after relocating to the U.S. she came to Cincinnati State, where she earned an accounting certificate in 2003. She subsequently became a Certified Public Accountant as well as a Certified Management Accountant.

After working at KPMG and Copernus, Kantcheva began teaching at Cincinnati State in 2005, taking on courses ranging from Computerized Accounting to Federal Taxation – Business. Her current course lineup includes Financial Accounting, Managerial Accounting, Intermediate Accounting 1 and Intermediate Accounting 2.

Nick Nissley, dean of the Business Technologies Division at Cincinnati State, describes Kantcheva as a learner who takes a personal interest in her students.

Evaluations by students describe a teacher who helps them succeed. “I wouldn’t have made it through that course without her help,” one student wrote.

Colleagues, meanwhile, describe her as pleasant. Fun. Effervescent. Student-focused. “Someone not liking Stani,” one colleague said, “does not like kittens."

Outside the classroom, Kantcheva serves as an Accounting Academic Advisor; as chair of the Scholarship Committee; and as a member of the Honors Committee, Business and Technologies Division Social Committee, and Commencement Committee. Her off-campus community activities include participation in the Accounting for Kids program at Cincinnati Public Schools and as a volunteer on coat drives and emergency food distribution efforts.

Shadle is an Academic Foundations Instructor in the Humanities & Sciences Division, where he focuses on reading and writing applications.

A resident of Ft. Thomas, Ky., Shadle earned a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology and Applied Cultural Studies from Northern Kentucky University in 1996 and a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from NKU in 2007.

He began teaching at Cincinnati State as an adjunct in 2007, teaching English 101, English 102 and First Year Experience. He also served as Director of Ink Tank, a literary organization based in Over-the-Rhine.

In 2009 Shadle became a full-time faculty member. In addition to his teaching duties, he serves at the College as a member of the Faculty Senate; as an Advisory Board member for the Black Male Initiative; as an International Student mentor; and as Director of the Cincinnati Academic League (which organizes academic competitions for regional high schools that are typically hosted by Cincinnati State).

In the community, Shadle serves as a volunteer for the Greater Cincinnati Regional Science Bowl; a volunteer for the Urban Appalachian Council (and has been a member of its Research Committee); a volunteer for the Appalachian Community Development Association; an Oyler Elementary School reading tutor; and an East Price Hill Adult Basic Education tutor. He has also been involved with the Drop Inn Center Men’s Recovery Writing Group.

Robbin Hoopes, Dean of the Humanities & Sciences Division, said in his remarks during a recent awards ceremony that Shadle “lights a fire” in many of the students he works with. Those students, he said, appreciate him because he sees them for what they can do, not as problems in need of remediation.

Dr. Hoopes said Shadle is known as a faculty member who works across the College on projects, ranging from the Health Careers Cooperative to recruiting efforts aimed at high school students.

Shadle, for his part, told colleagues during a recent House/Bruckmann reception that he credits his upbringing for at least some of his commitment to students who are sometimes struggling. He specifically cited his granddad, who would occasionally drop him off to spend a day working for free at a neighbor’s farm, and who told him to “look through the fences” and see how hard other people had to work to get by.

Shadle also credited his colleagues for giving him inspiration. “I’m surrounded by faculty excellence,” he said. “I can think of probably 20 people off the top of my head who deserve this award more than I do…I’m lucky to have colleagues who helped me.”


Cincinnati State offers more than 75 associate degree and certificate programs in business technologies, health and public safety, engineering technologies, humanities and sciences and information technologies. Cincinnati State has one of the largest cooperative education programs in the United States.

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