Gwinnett Tech names adjunct instructor of year

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett Technical College has named its adjunct instructor of the year.

The honor belongs to Joyce Keith, who teaches in the early childhood care and education program. Keith, who has been an adjunct faculty member at Gwinnett Tech for seven years, received the award for making significant contributions to technical education through innovation and leadership.

Priscilla Smith, who nominated Keith, said that the instructor is deserving of the honor.

"The relationship Joyce develops with students is a model for all of us. She helps students look within themselves to see strengths and to assist them in addressing areas where improvement is needed. She has mentored students and provided valuable connections with Gwinnett County Public Schools for them," Smith said.

Smith also noted Keith's role in developing Gwinnett Tech's certificate program for early childhood exceptionalities, launched in 2011.

"Joyce worked with GCPS administrators to tailor the specialization to industry needs. She developed and taught the two classes, bringing in guest speakers from GCPS to enrich the learning experience. The wealth of information that our students are receiving will make them outstanding paraprofessionals in special education classrooms, and we owe it to Joyce Keith's expertise," Smith said.

Gwinnett Tech offers an associate degree and a diploma in early childhood care and education, plus certificate programs for child development specialist, early childhood care and education basis, early childhood exceptionalities and early childhood program administration.

Since its inception, Gwinnett Tech's early childhood care and education program has been honored several times by the Georgia Association on Young Children, earning the student of the year and instructor of the year awards.

For more information, visit www.gwinnetttech.edu.