Joseph Hirschfeld: 2016-17 CNM Distinguished Faculty Member Award Winner
From left, CNM Governing Board members Virginia Trujillo, Melissa Armijo, Nancy Baca, faculty member Joseph Hirschfeld and President Kathie Winograd.
He is proficient in all phases of woodworking, carpentry, and the construction industry, and he always stays up-to-date on all of the latest trends in the industry, which helped him earn CNM’s top overall distinction for part-time faculty members for 2016-17.
His students provide challenges that give him the opportunity to come up with new and creative ideas to overcome obstacles. Joseph ensures that all of his students have a thorough understanding of the potential risks involved with operating equipment and makes safety the No. 1 priority in his classes.
Joseph participates in many activities, including SkillsUSA, Skills Community Leadership, the City of Albuquerque’s Running Start program, and he creates carpentry projects that benefit the curriculum of his fellow instructors in the trades. He takes pride in his students’ success and believes that no matter what a student’s background may be, they can learn to master the tools and meet their goals.