Retiree Biography: Deb Nordman

Deb Nordman has worked at GRCC since 1995, first as a clinical instructor at Saint Mary’s Health Services, then an adjunct for both the Radiology and Psychology departments and then full-time faculty serving as the program director of the Rad Tech Program. Deb said that her students have been her favorite part of the job; she has learned so much from them. Her program is unique in that she works with cohorts for two years, allowing her to get to know the students better. Many of her students keep in touch with her after they’ve completed their program. Deb shared one particular story about a student:

“Many years ago, I had a student that was experiencing housing issues in the final semester of classes for the program. For a brief time, she lived in her car with her young son (I was not aware of this at the time). The student had an excellent attendance record and always participated in class. However, her housing issues caused her to miss some time and the corresponding assignments/tests. This brought her grade down and she would not have passed the semester. I agreed to an independent study to get her up to date and complete her assignments. She was able to complete every requirement and eventually received a passing grade. She graduated and passed her registry exam. Several years later, I happened to see this student at Target. She came up to me and thanked me. She then told me how she had lived in her car for a brief time and how desperate she was to get out of that situation. Since her graduation, she had found a full-time position in radiology and was now married. She introduced me to her husband and told me they had just purchased a house. I often think about this student and how you never really know the whole story behind a student’s struggles. She was an inspiration to me and I am so thankful that I could be a part of her success.”

In retirement, Deb is looking forward to relaxing at her cottage with family and friends and also traveling. She’s hoping to visit Italy and Greece. Deb would like to take a photography class and painting class, and plans on reconnecting with old friends.

Deb, on behalf of your GRCC community, we all wish you the very best in retirement. Thank you so much for your service to GRCC and our students.

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