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Kelly Martin-Puleo, Colorado Northwestern Community College nursing program director, was named the CNCC 2010-11 faculty of the year in February. Martin-Puleo initially had plans to become a neonatal nurse practitioner but decided to enter the teaching field after she began pursuing her master’s degree at Regis University.

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A path unplanned: CNCC nursing director lauded

Kelly Martin-Puleo doesn’t leave the future to chance. Instead, she plans. She always has a five-year blueprint for her life, “and I pretty much stick to it,” said Martin-Puleo, Colorado Northwestern Community College’s nursing program director. The college nursing program has blossomed under Martin-Puleo’s guidance, CNCC nursing instructor Julie Alkema said. She attributes its growth to the director’s characteristic ability to look past the immediate future. “She’s just got a great vision for what we can be … that we can be a center of excellence, even though we’re in rural Colorado,” Alkema said. “… I feel we’re very lucky to have her as a leader here.”

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