FORT BLISS, Texas -- Dr. Evelyn Hollis, an educator for the NCO Leadership Center of Excellence, Sergeants Major Course at Fort Bliss, Texas was named the 2019 Training and Doctrine Command Educator of the Year, during ceremonies held at Fort Eustis, Virginia on August 9.Command Sgt. Maj. Jimmy J. Sellers, commandant of the NCOL CoE and USASMA, lauded Hollis' accomplishments."Over the past two years I've watched Dr. Hollis in action developing lesson plans and students. She's one of the best at capturing and maintaining their attention and getting the best out of them through the way she facilitates each lesson" Sellers said. "Her methods encourage students to engage in the classroom discussion which helps make the learning environment rich and productive.""My primary responsibility as a professional educator and leader is to advance the mission of the NCO Leadership Center of Excellence where learning is central to developing senior leaders into disciplined professionals capable of meeting the challenges of a complex world," Hollis said. "As a professional educator, I bring character, a positive demeanor, and enthusiasm to the classroom."I envision that all students, faculty, and administration will not only have meaningful contributions to make to the NCO Leadership Center of Excellence mission, but that each person will become a valued participant."As an educator in the Department of Command Leadership at the USASMA, Hollis works to promote a dynamic learning culture and encourages her colleagues to engage in the scholarship of teaching and learning."As a scholar and a practitioner, I serve as a role model and steward of the profession for senior enlisted leaders," she said. "I believe setting goals, working towards, and achieving those goals builds self-confidence that embodies a leader of character."Hollis is the first educator in the history of the NCOL CoE and USASMA to receive the title of the TRADOC EOY."When I learned of Dr. Hollis' latest achievement in being selected as the TRADOC educator of the year, I was extremely excited for her," Sellers said. "Dr. Hollis has a reputation throughout the organization as being a hardworking and extremely dedicated professional. It was great to see her get recognized for her hard work and efforts outside of this organization and at the highest level of her profession."The EOY is one of seven categories in the annual TRADOC Instructor of the Year competition. Hollis was amongst 72 nominees from across 38 Army TRADOC institutions, which were all in competition for the title IOY and EOY.The title of TRADOC EOY adds another achievement to the list of Hollis's successes. She is the first African American woman in U.S. Army history to assume duties as a command sergeant major for a combat unit. The U.S. Army Women's Foundation Hall of Fame recognized Hollis as a trailblazer for her exceptional contributions to women in the Army and inducted her into the Hall of Fame in 2018.She entered the U.S. Army on September 16, 1979 and almost 40 years later she still makes a difference in the U.S. Army."For the Soldiers and young Americans who would like to join the Army, you can achieve anything your heart desires in the United States Army. Truly, you can BE ALL YOU CAN BE!" Hollis said.Dr. Evelyn Hollis holds many titles, she is a retired command sergeant major, a daughter, a mother, a grandmother, an author, an educator and now the 2019 TRADOC Educator of the Year.The NCOL CoE is the premier institution driving innovative development for enlisted leaders. The educators of the institution develop, integrate and deliver education and training readiness by providing professional military education that develops fit, disciplined, well-educated professionals capable of meeting the challenges of an increasingly complex world.