by Eric Jensen
Marty Stockbauer loves hearing stories, particularly success stories shared by her former students. Lately, there seems to be no shortage of such tales.
Stockbauer, a Computer Information Systems Curriculum Coordinator and Professor at Victoria College, has seen a lot of students come through the Networking Program. They enjoy returning to campus to tell her how they made good after graduation.
“I have former students who make three times what I make, and I’m so proud of them,” she said. “I love my job. I love getting to be a part of my students’ lives; watching them grow and get good jobs.”
After receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in mathematical sciences from the University of Houston-Victoria and a Master of Science in computer science from Texas A&M Corpus Christi, Stockbauer worked as a computer programmer while serving as an adjunct instructor with Victoria College. She caught the teaching bug and signed on as a full-time instructor in 1986.
“I love the classroom environment. Being able to share my knowledge and feel like I’m making a difference with the students is so enjoyable,” she said. “If they can gain this skill set, maybe they can improve their lives. I really enjoy being a part of that.”
Her most rewarding moments occur outside the classroom when she hears from former students who tell her, “I got this great job! I’ll be able to support my family! My whole life has changed!”
Sometimes they come back just to visit or to talk to her classes.
She and fellow instructor Trent Thigpen teach with a hands-on approach and know the students’ needs. They offer tutoring on Fridays where they work with students on extra projects or give additional assistance.
When off-duty and away from the campus, Stockbauer lives the life of a “country girl” on a small ranch in Victoria. She enjoys spending time with her husband, three daughters, one son, and three grandchildren.
“I’m a country girl, and there’s always a lot to do at home,” she said.