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Gwinnett Tech names instructor of year

Penny Joyner Waddell

Penny Joyner Waddell

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett Technical College has named its 2013 instructor of the year.

Penny Joyner Waddell, speech program director at Gwinnett Technical College, has been honored with the college's 2013 Rick Perkins Award of Excellence in Technical Education.

The Rick Perkins Award of Excellence in Technical Instruction honors technical education's most outstanding instructors. The award has been an ongoing statewide program since 1991, and the recipients are technical college instructors who make significant contributions to technical education through innovation and leadership in their fields.

"It's a true privilege working with Dr. Waddell," said Victoria Seals, vice president of academic affairs for GTC. "She really embodies this award because of her eagerness to see our students succeed both inside and outside the classroom. She brings excitement and innovation to teaching, and a passion for her students to all that she does on campus."

Waddell has been with Gwinnett Tech since 2002. She holds a bachelor's degree in speech education from Wesleyan College, a Master of Education in instructional technology from Troy State University, and a Doctor of Education in instructional leadership higher education from Argosy University. Before coming to Gwinnett Tech, Waddell served as a speech instructor at Georgia Perimeter College.

"I have the opportunity to motivate, inspire and energize adults who want to mold themselves into someone better than the person they were when they first walked into my classroom," Waddell said. "Teaching students who are ready to learn is a dream come true."