CPPD Instructors of the Year Teach and also Learn

Story Number: NNS141126-02Release Date: 11/26/2014 8:22:00 AM
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By Susan D. Henson, Center for Personal and Professional Development Public Affairs

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (NNS) -- The Center for Personal and Professional Development (CPPD) has announced its three Instructors of the Year (IoY) for 2014.

The Mid-Grade Enlisted IoY is Aviation Electronics Technician 1st Class (AW/SW) Scott Rossi, who is assigned to CPPD Learning Site Dam Neck, in Virginia Beach. He currently instructs four courses, including Bearings, Personal Responsibility and Values Education and Training (PREVENT), and Navy Instructor Training Course (NITC).

Rossi said the most challenging part of the job is the limited amount of time he can spend with students in which to make an impact. He works to maximize that time for each Sailor's benefit, which is especially important for a course like Bearings.

"A lot of Sailors who come into Bearings have made mistakes in their first enlistment that resulted in their being enrolled in the course," he said. "It's very rewarding for me as an instructor, leader and mentor to give them a new, positive outlook on their career and give them useful tools to be well-rounded Sailors."

Rossi said his students have also been his teachers.

"You can learn something from any situation," he said. "Sailors will surprise you with positive results as long as you give them an opportunity. This will allow me to be a better leader for my Sailors throughout the rest of my career."

Lt. Olusola Mahoney, CPPD Learning Site Dam Neck's administration officer, said Rossi's energetic performance exhibits professionalism and dedication to others.

"His ability to empathize with Sailors and impact their future decisions for the better makes him an invaluable instructional resource," Mahoney said. "Petty Officer Rossi uses his leadership skills daily by mentoring junior Sailors as well as peers in their career decision making,"

CPPD's Senior Enlisted IoY is Chief Aviation Maintenance Administrationman (AW/SW) Shayla Holder, assigned to CPPD Learning Site Dam Neck as the Command Managed Equal Opportunity course supervisor in addition to her instructor duties. She is also pursuing a master's degree in her off-duty time.

"I love interacting with the junior and senior Sailors," she said. "We equally learn and take away something from each other."

Holder's key to success with students is to keep things simple through good communication so that Sailors understand the material and classroom discussions.

"Our primary duty, not collateral duty, is to facilitate or instruct," she said. "Therefore, being able to actively listen and effectively communicate with the student creates a safe and healthy environment."

Mahoney said Holder is among CPPD Learning Site Dam Neck's most impressive team members.

"Chief Holder's motivation and desire to teach Sailors is genuine and unfettered," said Mahoney. "Although she's only been here for 18 months, which includes a four-month Individual Augmentee assignment, she has proven her determination to be a great leadership instructor by her take-charge attitude and steadfastness. She is committed to reaching Sailors and teaching them valuable leadership skills to take back to the fleet."

CPPD's Officer IoY is Lt. Cmdr. Jesse Pomeroy, who serves at CPPD Learning Site Dam Neck as regional operations department head in addition to his instructor duties for several courses, including Division Officer Leadership Course (DIVOLC).

"Lt. Cmdr. Pomeroy is an invaluable asset to CPPD," said Cmdr. Phil Urso, CPPD Learning Site Dam Neck regional director. "He consistently displayed enormous personal and professional drive by quickly qualifying in the DIVOLC course, cross-qualifying in three additional courses and obtaining his Master Training Specialist qualification. As operations department head, he flawlessly manages the ever changing and fluid course schedules for six globally dispersed CPPD learning sites."

Pomeroy said what he most likes about teaching is giving back, and he also enjoys what he is learning from an instructor assignment. "I enjoy the fact that we're supporting the fleet," he said. "The toughest part about teaching is the initial need to draw out information from students who are introverted and quiet. I've learned to respect different opinions as well as the reasons and motivations for others joining the Navy."

Urso said Pomeroy is well-rounded, professional and personable.

"He enjoys educating Sailors to have impact on the fleet. He is known to take time to answer questions and make sure students have full understanding of the lessons taught. This is evident by his countless positive student critiques," Urso said.

Capt. F.A Reid, CPPD's commanding officer, said each IoY embodies the qualities of dedication and commitment that are key to impacting their students positively.

"These instructors are committed to helping their students develop the skills to think critically and make good decisions based on strong moral courage and Navy core values," Reid said. "They are assets to CPPD as well as the Navy."

For more information about the Center for Personal and Professional Development (CPPD), visit: https://www.netc.navy.mil/centers/cppd/.

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