Norcross woman selected to represent Gwinnett Tech at leadership institute

Sophonie Joseph-Canel

Norcross resident Sophonie Joseph-Canel knew she wouldn’t advance in her career if she didn’t earn her GED.

“It had been 14 years since I pretended to graduate from high school,” Joseph-Canel said, “and it was time to get my life in order.”

Not only has Joseph-Canel now gotten her life in order — she is a 2018 graduate of Gwinnett Technical College’s GED program and is enrolled in the college’s Early Childhood Care and Education program — but she was also recently chosen to represent Gwinnett Tech at the Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literacy Education Leadership Institute, which will be held in March.

Sponsored by the Technical College System of Georgia through its Office of Adult Education, EAGLE is the first statewide program in the nation that recognizes and rewards excellence among students enrolled in adult education programs.

The program is designed to create greater awareness of educational opportunities that are available in local communities across Georgia and to foster greater involvement in lifelong learning pursuits — something Joseph-Canel is doing by pursuing an education degree.

She also said she hopes to one day ultimately earn a Ph.D.

“It means everything (to be selected as an EAGLE representative),” Joseph-Canel said. “More specifically, it means that the streak of failure has ended and everything I do from here on out will be a success because I learned how to lean on my faith to guide me.”

The EAGLE institute will run March 11-13. For more information, visit

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Isabel is a crime and health reporter for the Gwinnett Daily Post. She graduated from Emory University in 2016 with a B.A. in international studies. She is originally from the Boston area.