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Groover Named Local Rick Perkins Winner 3-2011 PDF Print E-mail

Groover Named Local Rick Perkins Award Winner


lynne-grooverJesup:  Altamaha Technical College has named Mathematics Instructor Lynne Groover as their local Rick Perkins Award Winner. The Rick Perkins Award for Excellence in Technical Instruction honors technical education's most outstanding instructors.


"I chose to teach in a technical college because it allows me to share two of my passions, mathematics and teaching," Groover shares. "I am impacting the lives of people who wish to further their educational goals and improve their economic situations.  I give them the mathematical tools to realize their goals.  I am empowering them to fulfill their dreams and create a better life for themselves, their families, and their communities."

Groover holds a Masters of Education degree from Georgia Southern University, a Bachelor of Science Degree also from Georgia Southern University (where she graduated Magna Cum Laude and was in Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society) and an Associate of Science Degree from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (where she was a member of Phi Theta Kappa and Mu Alpha Theta Honor Societies).


The award has been an ongoing statewide event since 1991 and is designed to recognize and honor technical college instructors who make significant contributions to technical education through innovation and leadership in their fields. The recipient of this distinguished award is recognized as Georgia's Technical College System's Instructor of the Year. Formerly known as the Commissioner's Award of Excellence, the Rick Perkins Award was renamed in memory and honor of Thomas "Rick" Perkins, an instructor at West Central Technical College, who received the Commissioner's Award of Excellence prior to his untimely death. 


Instructors are nominated for the Rick Perkins Award by their respective technical college. Competition among instructors occurs at the consortia level, and a winner is selected from each consortium. The six consortia winners receive statewide recognition for their achievement, and then move to state-level competition. Final state-level judging occurs in May in Atlanta.


The Rick Perkins Award winner serves as an ambassador for technical education in Georgia. He or she will make many public appearances throughout the year including addresses to the Georgia General Assembly, the Governor, and the Georgia Technical College System Leadership Conference to name a few. 
As set forth in its student catalog, Altamaha Technical College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, gender, religion, disability, age, political affiliation or belief, veteran status, or citizenship status (except in those special circumstances permitted or mandated by law). The following individuals have been designated to coordinate the College’s implementation of non-discrimination policies: Katrina Howard, Title IX Coordinator, Office 132, 912-427-5876 and Cathy Montgomery, ADA/Section 504 Coordinator, Office 174, 912-427-6265; Altamaha Technical College, 1777 West Cherry Street, Jesup, GA 31545
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