2011 March 21 - 12:00 am

HONORS AND AWARDS:

  • JoAnn Lewin, a professor at Florida’s Edison State College, received special recognition from the Florida State Board of Education recently for her role in developing the state’s Postsecondary Education Readiness Test. PERT is slated to become Florida’s new college placement testing program, used to determine a student’s readiness to take college-level classes.Lewin is the chair of the Math Department at Edison State’s Lee Campus and is very involved in developing state educational standards. The test was developed using collaborative input from the Florida Department of Education, Florida State College and University faculty members and administrators. Together, the group developed a common definition of “college readiness.” The definition includes specific expectations of what students need to know to be successful in their first college-level English and math classes. The FDOE plans to implement PERT state-wide this spring.

  • Morgan Fowler, a student at Georgia Northwestern Technical College, has been selected as the 2011 winner of the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL), while Bea Stitzer has been named the college’s Rick Perkins Instructor of the Year. A criminal justice student, Fowler was nominated by her instructor, Tyler Gayan.Gayan said that Fowler is an example of how a student should display their work ethic. Fowler said she chose technical education because it provides a quick transition from the classroom to the workplace and offers the flexibility that she needed with her busy schedule. Morgan aspires to be a juvenile probation officer and eventually work for the FBI. Stitzer has been an instructor at Georgia Northwestern for eight years. As the director and coordinator of Early Childhood Care and Education and assistant dean of Public Service Technologies, Stitzer has made her imprint on all areas of GNTC. As GNTC’s 2011 winner, Stitzer will proceed to regional preliminary judging. If chosen as one of the six finalists, Stitzer will compete with finalists from the other state technical college campuses. A panel of leaders from the business, industry, and government sectors will interview them and choose one to be the state’s 2011 Rick Perkins Instructor of the Year.
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