For Immediate Release
11 February 2010

Melissa Lamar
860.773.1407 (office)

Tunxis Instructor Receives Recognition for Excellence in Teaching


Jessica Somers, instructor in photography at Tunxis Community College and resident of Bristol, recently received Honorable Mention for the 2009 Excellence in Teaching Award from Center, formerly the Santa Fe Center for Photography.

The annual award recognizes and rewards a college, post-graduate, or high school educator for their dedication and passion for photographic teaching.

“Jessica Somers was one of the best teachers I have ever had, and I have two graduate degrees in other areas,” said Diane McMillin, an alumna of the Tunxis photography program who was among several current and former students to nominate the instructor. “She is not only technically skillful and experienced, but deeply committed to her students and what they take from her instruction,” she added. “Her enthusiasm for photography and the creative process inspired us to keep learning and advancing.”

As part of the recognition, Somers received complimentary participation in Center’s photographic event Review LA and web publication.

Somers holds an M.F.A. in photography and has taught at Tunxis for the past 11 years. She is currently teaching “Studio Photography I” and “Photographic Image Development.” Her work has been exhibited nationally and appears in “The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes” by Christopher James.

Tunxis Community College offers almost 60 associate’s degree and certificate programs, including program emphases in photography, visual fine arts, graphic design, and interactive media. For more information on these and other Tunxis programs, call 860.773.1300, or visit Tunxis on the Internet at