Press Release

Robbie L. Howard, a Pharmacy Technology instructor at Atlanta Technical College, was recently honored as one of the nine finalists for the Technical College System of Georgia’s 2014 Instructor of the Year.

The top instructors from each of the state’s 24 technical colleges and the technical division at Bainbridge State College, which is part of the University System of Georgia, compete for the Rick Perkins Award for Excellence in Technical Instruction.

The finalists for the award were recognized and congratulated by TCSG Commissioner Ron Jackson during a banquet in honor of the system’s best instructors and top students at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Atlanta on April 24

 “Robbie’s passion for teaching and devotion to the long-term success of  her students has earned her the well-deserved respect of the entire Technical College System of Georgia. I congratulate her for being one of the nine finalists for Georgia’s technical college instructor of the year, and I thank her for being such an outstanding representative of AtlantaTechnical College,” said Jackson.


Commissioner Ron Jackson and Robbie Howard

Selection for the TCSG’s Rick Perkins Award program starts with the naming of the top instructor at each college.  A regional competition follows, where nine the finalists are chosen to compete for the state Rick Perkins Award and earn the honor as Georgia’s technical college instructor of the year.  

In April, the nine instructors are interviewed in Atlanta by a panel of judges from business, industry and higher education. The selection criteria include teaching experience and innovative learning techniques, leadership and community involvement, and a strong commitment to the technical education mission of the TCSG.

The TCSG 2014 Rick Perkins Award winner is David Byers, a dental hygiene instructor at Lanier Technical College.

This year, almost 7,000 instructors at the 24 TCSG colleges will educate more than 150,000 students and prepare them for in-demand jobs that are key to Georgia’s economic growth.