Karon Green Walton, a medical assisting instructor at Augusta Tech, was announced as the winner during a banquet May 26 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Atlanta. Technical College System Commissioner Ron Jackson presented Walton with the Rick Perkins Award for Excellence in Technical Instruction and a $1,000 check, according to a system news release.
"It's with a very deep sense of gratitude for her work at Augusta Technical College Technical College that we present Ms. Walton with the award as the Technical College System of Georgia's 2011 Instructor of the Year," said Jackson. "She has used her vast wealth of knowledge and passion for instruction to change the lives and build the careers of many students. The entire Technical College System of Georgia congratulates her on this outstanding honor, and we thank her for continually demonstrating such an exceptional commitment to technical education."
The selection criteria include teaching experience and innovative learning techniques, leadership and community involvement, and a strong commitment to the technical education mission of the technical college system.
For the next year, Walton will serve as the system's ambassador for technical education instruction. She will make numerous appearances around Georgia and speak about the many education opportunities offered by the technical college system. She will also be honored by the Georgia General Assembly and receive a personal commendation from the governor.