A Woodstock resident was named Wednesday as Chattahoochee Technical College’s teacher of the year.
Hollie Queen, an early childhood care and education instructor, won the Rick Perkins Award for Excellence in Technical Instruction. The award is part of a statewide program initiated by the Technical College System of Georgia to honor outstanding instructors at the system’s 25 member institutions.
Queen was named as the school’s winner at a luncheon honoring GOAL and Rick Perkins nominees, finalists, and winners.
“I’m excited, humbled and honored to have been chosen,” Queen said.
Queen was chosen from a list of three finalists for the title, including Amy Denney, an adult education instructor at the Appalachian Campus, and Kevin Ruby, an automotive technology at the Marietta Campus.
“I went into higher education to make a difference,” Queen said. “All my life I’ve wanted to make a difference. While I was having an impact on children, I wanted that at the other end of the spectrum. I wanted to make a paradigm shift in education.”
Queen will now compete against the winners from other technical colleges in Georgia at the regional level, which will include Georgia technical college winners from the northern area of the state for the region Rick Perkins Award title.
Two finalists are then selected from each region, whose names will be announced in April at the annual Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership and Rick Perkins Award conference. Those finalists will participate in an additional screening process for the state Rick Perkins Award title.
The winner of this award will carry the title of Instructor of the Year and be awarded $1,000 and a crystal award.
Established in 1991, the Rick Perkins Award for Excellence in Technical Instruction is designed to recognize and honor technical college instructors who make significant contributions to technical education through innovation and leadership in their fields.
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 immediately prior to his untimely death.
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