Morgan Fowler has been selected as Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) 2011 GOAL Winner and Bea Stitzer has been named the college’s Rick Perkins Instructor of the Year.

The honors were made during the Seven Hills Rotary Club meeting at Coosa Country Club on March 1, 2011. The awards were sponsored and presented by the Catoosa Chamber of Commerce, Gordon County Chamber of Commerce, Polk County Chamber of Commerce, Walker County Chamber of Commerce, Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce, Georgia Northwestern Technical College, and Seven Hills Rotary Club.

A criminal justice student, Fowler was nominated by her instructor, Tyler Gayan.  Gayan said that Fowler is a model example of how a student should display their work ethics.

“Morgan is constantly serving as a source of information for other students and is always willing to lend a helping hand,” said Gayan. “Other students see her as a class leader and someone who can be trusted. Younger students often seek her advice for matters both inside and outside the classroom.”

Fowler said she chose technical education because it provides a quick transition from the classroom to the workplace and offers the flexibility that she needed with her busy schedule.

Morgan aspires to be a juvenile probation officer and eventually work for the FBI.

“I chose criminal justice because I wanted to help people but in a different way than a nurse or doctor helps a patient,” stated Fowler. “A juvenile offender usually needs that one special person in their life pushing them in the right direction. If I can be that one person that makes a difference in that child’s life than I know I am doing my job correctly.”

As GNTC’s 2011 GOAL Winner, Fowler will now proceed to regional preliminary judging. If chosen as one of the nine finalists, three from each region, then Fowler will receive an all-expense-paid trip to Atlanta in May where, for two-days, she will compete with GOAL finalists from the other state technical college campuses. A panel of leaders from the business, industry, and government sectors will interview them and choose one to be the state’s 2011 GOAL winner and the recipient of the GOAL medallion. The grand prize also includes a new Chevrolet Cruze courtesy of Chevrolet.

GOAL, a statewide program of the Technical College System of Georgia, honors excellence in academics and leadership among the state’s technical college students. Local GOAL winners are selected at each of the state’s technical colleges as well as the two Board of Regents colleges with technical education divisions.

Other GOAL finalists from GNTC include Janoah Hill, Vascular Technology; Misty Ledford, Early Childhood Care and Education; and Laura Rankin, Radiologic Technology.

GNTC’s 2011 Rick Perkins Instructor of the Year, Bea Stitzer, has been an instructor at Georgia Northwestern for eight years. As the director and coordinator of Early Childhood Care and Education and assistant dean of Public Service Technologies, Stitzer has made her imprint on all areas of GNTC including supervising, advising, and assisting adjunct instructors and students.

“My years of experience in teaching pre-kindergarten through college level classes have helped me develop a wide range of skills that have made me a dynamic teacher,” commented Stitzer. “My classes have been described as creative, stimulating, and just plain fun.”

“In my opinion, Mrs. Stitzer is the perfect model for a teacher in a school where she shines in her area of expertise,” stated Candice Mickler, GNTC student. “She is a highly dedicated professional who knows how to motivate her students to strive for excellence. She has played a major role in helping me choose a career in education.”

Stitzer chose to teach in a technical education setting for many reasons. “It gives me an opportunity to give back to the next generation in a very tangible way,” said Stitzer. “Technical education combines knowledge with practical application, creating a perfect learning environment for future educators. My goal is to inspire students to become lifelong learners and cultivate a passion for teaching.”

“Bea’s enthusiasm in the classroom and care for her students shines and I watch and admire her instructional delivery,” commented Tom Bojo, GNTC dean of Public Service Technologies. “It is quite obvious that she loves her students and her job.”

As GNTC’s 2011 Rick Perkins Instructor of the Year, Stitzer will proceed to regional preliminary judging. If chosen as one of the six finalists, two from each region, Stitzer will compete with finalists from the other state technical college campuses. A panel of leaders from the business, industry, and government sectors will interview them and choose one to be the state’s 2011 Rick Perkins Instructor of the Year. The winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize.

Other Rick Perkin’s finalists from GNTC include Susan Stephens, Cosmetology; Paulette Leon, Business Administrative Technologies and Management Supervisory; Susan Kendrick, Early Childhood Care and Education; Doug Cooper, Accounting; and Troy Peco, Automotive Technology.

The Rick Perkins Award for Excellence in Technical Instruction honors the Technical College System of Georgia’s most outstanding instructors. 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. The Technical College System of Georgia provides oversight for the Rick Perkins Award program through the system’s office, the college presidents’ Academic Affairs Committee, and the state planning committee.

The last state winners to represent Georgia Northwestern Technical College were 2004 Rick Perkin’s winner, Beverly Padgett, and 1993 GOAL winner, Robin Hood Hutson.

GNTC would like to congratulate all of the winners and nominees for an exceptional job.