Nelda Quensell is
an associate professor of botany at Kapi‘olani Community
College. Her classes transcend theory and lecture as they are conducted
not only in the lab but out in the real world. Her students can
be found gathering samples anywhere from Queen’s Beach to
Ka‘ena Point to Mt. Ka‘ala. Whether it’s cleaning
up a shoreline or working in a taro lo‘i or planting limu
in Ewa Beach, Quensell’s students receive a valuable hands-on
experience that incites lifelong learning.
Quensell is dedicated to bringing her students an understanding of
the delicate balance that exists in Hawai‘i’s unique
natural ecosystems. Through her instruction and by example, Quensell
instills a sense of ecological responsibility and urgency in her
students. They come away from her classes with the important understanding
of interdependence between species and environment.
This technologically savvy instructor consistently strives to improve
her professional development by participating in various activities
such as the biotechnology workshop at Leeward CC, a fellowship at
the National Tropical Botanical Garden on Kaua‘i and the annual
Excellence in Teaching Colloquia, which she hasn't missed since its
inception. For more than a decade, she has been designated the bilingual
advisor for students of Filipino ancestry on campus.