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GOOD NEWS FROM SCHOOLS: Gwinnett Tech names 2010 Instructor of the Year

Photo by Kristen Ralph

Photo by Kristen Ralph

Jane Day Hyche, an instructor in Gwinnett Technical College's early childhood education program, has been named the college's 2010 Rick Perkins Award for Excellence in Technical Education honoree.

The Rick Perkins Award for Excellence in Technical Instruction honors technical education's most outstanding instructors. The award has been an ongoing statewide program since 1991 and is designed to recognize and honor technical college instructors who make significant contributions to technical education through innovation and leadership in their fields.

Hyche joined the Gwinnett Tech faculty in 2006, bringing more than 20 years of experience in early childhood education. She earned a master's degree in early childhood education from Brenau University in 2005 and a bachelor's degree in early childhood education from the University of Illinois in 1990.

The past president of the Atlanta Association for the Education of Young Children, Hyche is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and seminars. She has presented on a number of occasions at the University of Georgia, as well as at several Georgia Head Start Association conferences. Hyche is also a member of the Georgia Association on Young Children and the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

On campus and in the classroom, Hyche is recognized by students and colleagues for her passion and commitment to education and to her students.

"Jane is an outstanding educator. Her instruction is engaging and utilizes hands-on techniques to prepare students for the work force," Gwinnett Tech President Sharon Bartels said. "In the classroom, as well as in the lab, her energy and enthusiasm are transferred to her students. In course evaluations, students constantly applaud her knowledge, enthusiasm and commitment to teaching."

Christian schools participate in ACSI spelling bee

Integrity Christian Academy in Loganville recently hosted the Association of Christian Schools International spelling bee.

First- through fourth-grade students from five schools participated in the bee. The winners were as follows:

First grade

* First place: Mary Jones, Horizon Christian Academy

* Second place: Sydney Jones, Harvester Christian Academy

* Third place: Mikayla Chalmers, Harvester Christian Academy

* Fourth place: Trinity Brinson, Integrity Christian Academy

Second grade

* First place: James Dukes, Harvester Christian Academy

* Second place: Daniel Grennan, Creekside Christian Academy

* Third place: Jacory Chatman, Kingdom Academy

* Fourth place: Sophia Rosin, Horizon Christian Academy

Third grade

* First place: Morgan Solomon, Creekside Christian Academy

* Second place: Tanner Crew, Harvester Christian Academy

* Third place: Danielle Roseberry, Creekside Christian Academy

* Fourth place: Emeliegh Eurbanks, Horizion Christian Academy

Fourth grade

* First place: Christian Blase, Creekside Christian Academy

* Second place: Jackson Blase, Creekside Christian Academy

* Third place: David Lyons, Horizon Christian Academy

* Fourth place: Emma Greene, Harvester Christian Academy

* Fifth place: Reina Mitchom, Integrity Christian Academy

Heather Darenberg writes about education. Good News From Schools appears in the Sunday edition of the Gwinnett Daily Post.