Rasheeda McNeal, Pharmacy Technology Program Coordinator and Instructor at Southern Crescent Technical College, was recently named the 2020 Rick Perkins Award for Excellence in Technical Education at a luncheon held on November 19, 2019 on the Griffin Campus. The Rick Perkins Award is the equivalent to being named Instructor of the Year at Southern Crescent Technical College.
McNeal stated that she “was extremely honored to be named the Rick Perkins winner, although she shares this honor with all of the dedicated instructors at the College.”
The Rick Perkins Award for Excellence in Technical instruction is awarded annually and is designed to recognize and honor technical college instructors who make significant contributions to technical education through innovation and leadership in their fields. Instructors are nominated for the Rick Perkins Award by their peers and competition among instructors occurs at the college, regional, and state levels.
Dr. Alvetta Thomas, President of Southern Crescent Technical College, stated, “Ms. McNeal has been recognized as Southern Crescent Technical College’s Rick Perkins winner because of her conscientiousness and genuine commitment as an instructor. I have witnessed her dedication to student learning, high professional standards, and cooperative spirit. Her teaching methods and techniques are innovative and she encourages her students to achieve at their highest level. Rasheeda is an excellent representation of the quality faculty and staff at Southern Crescent Technical College and we wish her well as she goes on to represent the College at the next level of competition.”
During the luncheon, Southern Crescent Technical College’s outstanding adult education and credit student were also named. William Hendon was presented the Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literacy Education (EAGLE) Award and Kimberly Fritz Walker was presented the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL). In addition to McNeal, finalists for the Rick Perkins Award included Mark Avery – Computer Information Systems Instructor, Billy Elliott, Jr. – Plumbing and Pipefitting Technology Instructor; and Brittany Varga – English Instructor.
McNeal and other nominees were judged by a group of outside individuals. After winning the school title, McNeal will represent Southern Crescent Technical College as an ambassador for technical education. The state Rick Perkins winner will be announced in April.