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Gloria Reid Selected As OTC 2014 Instructor of the Year

Gloria Reid was recently selected as the OTC 2014 Rick Perkins Award winner and will represent Okefenokee Technical College at the region TCSG “Instructor of the Year” competition.

Okefenokee Technical College (OTC) President, Dr. Glenn Deibert, takes pleasure in announcing the OTC 2014 Rick Perkins award winner as Gloria Reid. Reid, the current OTC Pierce County adult education program instructor, has been employed at Okefenokee Tech for 25 years, since 1989, when she was hired as secretary for the adult education program. Since that time, she has held the positions of GED examiner, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) instructor, and adult education instructor. These positions have provided her the opportunity to enrich the lives of countless students in Southeast Georgia.

Reid is a graduate of the Okefenokee Technical College Information and Office Technology program. She holds an Associate of Applied Science degree from Waycross College, a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from Valdosta State University, and a Master of Education degree in Early Childhood Education from Armstrong Atlantic State University. She also holds a teaching certification in reading.

Reid is a member of several professional organizations including PAGE, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and the National Education Mentoring Association. She is also a volunteer for the Waycross Weed & Seed After School Tutoring Program, the local YMCA, and several local elementary schools. She is a Volunteer Income Tax Act (VITA) Volunteer Tax Preparer, a graduate of the Waycross Citizens Police Academy, and the Congregational First Born Church secretary and Sunday School secretary.

The Rick Perkins Award for Excellence in Technical Instruction honors the Technical College System of Georgia’s most outstanding instructors. Reid will represent OTC at the upcoming region competition.  If selected as a regional winner, she will compete at the state level. The state winner, who will serve as an ambassador for the Technical College System of Georgia, will be announced in the spring.

The award has been an ongoing statewide event since 1991 and is designed to recognize 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 award was renamed in honor and memory of Thomas “Rick” Perkins, an instructor at West Central Technical College, who received the Commissioner’s Award of Excellence prior to his untimely death.

When asked why she chose to teach, Reid said, “I chose to teach at Okefenokee Technical College because I have a love of education and I believe that “persistence pays off,” said Reid. 
“In addition to being an inspiration to her students, Ms. Reid is a highly respected professional among her colleagues and in the community,” stated Dr. Deibert. “She is most deserving of this honor, in large part because of the commitment she has shown to our students, to literacy efforts in Southeast Georgia, and to technical education. She is an ideal candidate and will be an outstanding ambassador for technical education.”

Gloria has two children, Stacey Tremayne Reid and Dr. Shawnte’ Reid-Benefield. Her hobbies include reading, crocheting, cooking, and spending time with her children and five grandchildren.

Dr. Deibert and the OTC faculty and staff wish to congratulate Gloria L. Reid and recognize her as very deserving of the OTC 2014 Rick Perkins award.


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