Alpha Gamma Sigma (AGS), Cuesta College’s academic honor society and service organization for students, recently honored 10 instructors for going above and beyond expectations and influencing students’ academic success at the sixth annual 2016 AGS Teacher Appreciation Night ceremony on the San Luis Obispo Campus.

The mission of AGS is to promote and recognize academic excellence. The instructors were nominated by AGS members and selected by AGS Executive Cabinet officers. “Cuesta College has many excellent teachers and the goal of these awards is to show faculty how much their hard work is valued by the students,” said AGS faculty advisor Dr. Christopher Gilbert.

The award recipients, who have served the college for a collective of 122 years, are:


Miranda Canestro (biology): 9 years

Tanya Downing (business education): 12 years

Richard Goldsmith (electronics and electrical technology): 9 years

Steven Hendricks (biology): 11 years

Marcy Irving (music): 11 years

Patrick Len (astronomy): 13 years

Stephen Leon (English): 18 years

Amanda Lombard (mathematics): 3 years

Aaron Rodrigues (political science): 25 years

Nabil Zakaria (tutorial services): 11 years


For a full video of the entire 2016 AGS Teacher Appreciation Night ceremony, visit Cuesta College’s You Tube page.

Alpha Gamma Sigma is a state-wide community college student honor society with the purpose of fostering, promoting, maintaining and recognizing scholarship. The Gamma chapter at Cuesta College provides members with scholarship opportunities, social activities and leadership-building skills. For more information, please contact the Student Life & Leadership Office at (805) 546-3289.