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Darci graduated from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing. She completed a Master of Science Degree in Nursing from the University of Phoenix and pursued her interest in nursing education. Darci has worked as a Registered Nurse since 1997 including work experience in various clinical areas such as medical-surgical, intensive care, telemetry, obstetrics/pediatrics, pre-surgery, and mental health. She has taught at CLC since 2002 and continues to work casual at Essentia Health: St. Joseph’s Medical Center. She has an Advance Practice Nursing Education Certificate from the National League for Nurses. What Darci brings to nursing education is a true love, enthusiasm, and passion for the nursing profession. She was honored to receive the Educator of the Year Award for MnSCU in 2013. Darci’s hobbies include “anything outdoors”, camping, fishing, boating, exercising, and hanging out with her family.
As a faculty member at Central Lakes College (CLC) since 2009, I have taught the following fascinating courses in Philosophy: World Religions, Philosophy and Popular Culture, Immortality and the Afterlife, Critical Thinking, Logic, Introduction to Philosophy, Ethics, and Contemporary Moral Problems. I received my B.A. from St. Cloud State University (SCSU) 2005, and my M.A. at SCSU in 2010. I taught briefly in the English Dept. at SCSU before taking a job as a paralegal in the Brainerd Lakes Area. In 2009 I was (gently) initiated into the CLC campus life, shortly after was (not so gently) initiated into parenthood when my partner and I had our first child. In 2012 I was honored to receive the CLC Faculty Member of the Year Award, as voted upon by the CLC student body. While at CLC I have continued to be active in campus life; I participate in various CLC faculty committees and serve(d) as the advisor for the CLC Equality Coalition student club. I thoroughly enjoy philosophizing, no matter the subject, on such questions as: Should I lie to an inquiring murderer? Is Walt from the TV series “Breaking Bad” a truly authentic individual? Is ignorance bliss? Does God exist? Does evil exist? Is there a best way to live? Do we have free will? Is it all just a matter of opinion? Does a tree falling in a forest make a sound? Is there a soul or an afterlife? My students have joked about the way my eyes light up when a good argument starts. It is exciting for me to watch students develop as critical thinkers, and it gives me hope to know that there are a few more thoughtful people going out into the world.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, PA I moved west after completing a bachelor in science from Villanova University and a Master of Science in Biology from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. Working as a bio-technician for the forest service and park service, for several years, I moved from remote areas of Alaska, to Idaho and Montana. I then settled for a few years in Colorado before moving to Minnesota to be closer to my husband’s family. As an instructor in the sciences at a community college I feel that my role is to prepare the students for their future courses in Biology related fields and also for the jobs they will be performing. All Biology courses are interesting for me to teach; however if I were to have to pick favorites I would choose Microbiology and Biology of Women. Outside of work I have a husband and two children that keep me busy. I also like to get outside when I can, and have recently taken up cross-country skiing. During the warmer months our whole family enjoys going fishing, working outside in the yard and garden, and going for hikes together in the nearby Crow Wing State Park. The Brainerd Lakes area is a wonderful place to live work and go to school.
Ryan Deblock started teaching English at CLC in the fall of 2007. He’s received his B.A. and M.A. from the University of Minnesota Duluth. Ryan and his family live in the Cuyuna Lakes Area. Ryan spends free time reading fantasy, science fiction, and mysteries.