Marion Named 2019 Rick Perkins Award Winner & Instructor of the Year

Lecresicia Marion, a Learning Support Coordinator and Math instructor at Oconee Fall Line Technical College (OFTC) in Dublin, was recently named the college’s 2019 Rick Perkins Award (RPA) winner and Instructor of the Year at a college-wide meeting on Friday, December 7.

The RPA program seeks to honor the Technical College System of Georgia’s (TCSG) most outstanding instructors who make significant contributions to technical education through innovation and leadership.

Marion has been a part of the OFTC family since 2005 (then Heart of Georgia Technical College) when she served as an adjunct instructor; she began teaching with OFTC full time in 2014.

She was nominated for the RPA by two of her students, one who said this of Marion on the nomination form: “Ms. Marion is an outstanding instructor whose professionalism and instruction inspires and encourages students to succeed academically. Her compassion and concern for the success of students shows through her knowledge and dedication to her job. She understands that each student is different and strives to use different methods and examples in the classroom to help students reach their full potential. She treats each student with fairness and respect, and she devotes time in the tutoring lab to assist students in achieving passing grades. Her demeanor is always friendly, and her office door is always open. Importantly, Ms. Marion goes above and beyond to bring the best out of each student. She is an inspiration and deserves to be honored.”

Marion competed against three other semi-finalists: Brenda Gurr, Medical Assisting Instructor (Dublin Campus); Beverli Horton, Psychology Instructor (Sandersville Campus); and Zachary Woodard, Adult Education Instructor (Dodge County). Each prepared a speech and participated in a series of interviews held by a panel of judges made up of local representatives from the Laurens and Washington county Pilot clubs. The instructors were judged on criteria like innovative instruction, educational achievement, and college and community leadership.

As the College winner, Marion will represent OFTC in regionals as she competes against other top instructors from TCSG colleges in February. The top region finalists will compete at the state-level in Atlanta in April and the winner will be named the state’s 2019 RPA winner.

For more info, visit the College’s website, OFTC.edu.

2019 RPA semi-finalists, L-R: Zachary Woodard, Lecresicia Marion, Brenda Gurr, and Beverli Horton.

RPA semi-finalists, L-R: Zachary Woodard, Lecresicia Marion, Brenda Gurr, and Beverli Horton.

OFTC's 2019 RPA winner, Lecresicia Marion, giving her speech after being named winner on Friday, December 7.

OFTC’s 2019 RPA winner, Lecresicia Marion, giving her speech after being named winner on Friday, December 7.