Jaki Johnson Is 2015 Rick Perkins Instructor of the Year for Coastal Pines Technical College
Jaki Johnson 2015 Rick Perkins Award Winner
Coastal Pines Technical College recently named Jacquelyn (Jaki) D. Johnson as the winner of the 2015 Rick Perkins Award for Excellence in Technical Instruction, a statewide program of the Technical College System of Georgia to honor outstanding instructors at the System's 25 member institutions.
The Rick Perkins Award for Excellence in Technical Education honors technical education's most outstanding instructors. Started in 1991, the statewide award 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 of Thomas "Rick" Perkins, an instructor at West Georgia Technical College, formerly known as West Central Technical College, who received the Commissioner's Award of Excellence prior to his untimely death.
According to Dr. Glenn Deibert, the president of Coastal Pines Technical College, "Ms. Johnson, with over 30 years of valuable law enforcement experience, does an excellent job at adding excitement and realism to the courses she teaches. She instills critical thinking skills, work ethic, diversity issues awareness and other skills that are necessary to be successful not only in this field, but also in life."
Johnson will compete against the winners from other technical colleges in the region February 25 at the Moultrie Technical College, Tifton campus. Each region will select three finalists 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 round of competition before the state Rick Perkins Award winner is named. The State winner will be announced on the evening of the closing banquet of the conference and will be awarded a $1,000 first prize.
The State 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 TCSG State Board, as well as civic organizations, schools, and similar groups.
"I am deeply honored to have been selected to represent us," says Johnson. I don't take my responsibilities lightly. I will give it my all to exemplify the outstanding faculty that we have at Coastal Pines Technical College."
Ms. Johnson has been an instructor at Coastal Pines Technical College, formerly Okefenokee Technical College, since January 2009. Prior to becoming an instructor, she worked for the Ware County Board of Education from August 2004 to January 2009. She was with the Georgia State Patrol from August 1980 to July 2004 and the Athens Police Department from August 1975 to 1980. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management from Georgia Southwestern and a Master of Criminal Justice in Forensic Science. She is currently working on a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice.
At Coastal Pines Technical College, Ms. Johnson's specialization is teaching, and she serves as the department leader for the Criminal Justice Program.