Dr Oh Receives Master Teacher Award

Congratulations to Dr. Henry Oh, associate professor and director of the Respiratory Therapy Program at San Juan College, as he received the Master Teacher of Honor Award from Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education. 

As the third recipient of the award this year, Oh joins a select group of educators recognized with this honor.

Oh joined San Juan College as director of the respiratory therapy program in 2009, where he has been involved in its development and accreditation.  As an associate professor, he mentors and advises students throughout their undergraduate years and beyond. 

Christy Ferrato, San Juan College director of Advising and Counseling, stated, “Dr. Oh demonstrates an extraordinary level of personal commitment to his students, his colleagues and San Juan College.”

Oh was appointed by former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson in 2010 to serve on the NM Respiratory Care Licensure Board, where he currently serves as chairman. He is also an executive board member of the National Lambda Beta Honor Society for Respiratory Care.

Oh has a doctorate degree in education with emphasis in instructional leadership in health sciences. He is a registered respiratory therapist, a certified medical technologist, and a chartered biologist.

Among Oh’s many professional appointments and board memberships, he is immediate past president of the American Medical Technologists (AMT) New Mexico State Society.  He is editor of their official publication, El Tecnico. 

Oh is lauded, by colleagues and students, for his teaching abilities.

“I am proud to be one of Dr. Henry Oh’s student success stories,” says 2013 San Juan College respiratory therapy graduate, Delphine “Pennie” Thompson. “I was blessed to have the strong support from Dr. Oh as an instructor.”       

His commitment extends to the community as well, serving as a science fair judge and offering his talents playing piano at industry events.

“Dr. Oh is a fine example of the high caliber of exceptional instructors who teach at San Juan College,” says Dr. Barbara Ake, San Juan College vice president for Learning.  “He is a multi-credentialed healthcare professional who is respected by his colleagues at the college as well as those in the community. He has shown a commitment to his students and the community that is unprecedented.”

Since the award’s establishment in the fall of 2011, Kappa Delta Pi has named a very select few from around the world as Master Teachers of Honor.  This award recognized both recipients and their schools for the accomplishment.  To earn the Master Teacher of Honor designation, an educator must have more than 15 years of classroom teaching experience, submit evidence of professional development, leadership, community service, and exceptional contributions to the education profession and demonstrate a commitment to integrity and high standards in the classroom.  The award recognizes teachers of all levels, from early childhood instructors to university faculty.