Moultrie Technical College Mathematics program chair and instructor Tamara Gray of Tifton was selected recently by her peers at MTC as the school’s nominee for the state Rick Perkins Award for Excellence in Technical Instruction. Gray teaches at the college’s Veterans Parkway Campus in Moultrie as well as through the MTC Online Studies department.
“To be chosen as the 2014 Rick Perkins Instructor of the year is truly a blessing. My wonderful colleagues and students are supporting me with an abundance of love and inspiration, and I am so humbled,” said Gray. “What a pleasure to embrace and fulfill the needs of students, families, communities and employers amongst the collaboration of outstanding instructors.”
Marketing Management program instructor Rebecca Clark, Accounting program instructor Cari Colby, and Radiologic Technology program clinical coordinator Buffie Spencer were also finalists for the 2014 award at Moultrie Tech. Gray, a native of Macon, also earned finalist status for the award in 2013.
Named in memory of Thomas “Rick” Perkins, an instructor at West Central Technical College who received the Department of Technical & Adult Education Commissioner’s Award of Excellence prior to his untimely death, the award is the Technical College System of Georgia’s version of an “instructor of the year” honor. It is presented to the person who has shown the most dedication to the job, commitment to students, and skill in the classroom.
“I chose to teach in a technical college because I want to make a major impact on student success by utilizing my knowledge in providing the mathematical foundation needed to apply in their field of study and beyond,” said Gray. “As a first generation graduate, helping others improve their lives is my mission. I absolutely love teaching math; and hearing students who fear math say, ‘I get it now’ are priceless moments. I can’t imagine another profession!”