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Albany Technical College announces 2010 Instructor of the Year



nws-3-4-10_rp.jpgMarch 4, 2010 - Business Logistics Management instructor, Dr. Edward “Steve” Eidson, has been named Albany Technical College’s 2010 Instructor of Year. The Albany Tech Foundation will present Dr. Eidson a $500 check for his excellence in teaching and devotion to his students.

Dr. Eidson, of Albany, joined the ATC faculty in 2002, but was also a part-time instructor for ATC from 1991 to 1999, teaching customized customer service classes, as well as Certified Manufacturing. Prior to his career in technical education, Eidson was a minister in Illinois and Georgia for 31 years. He earned an Associate of Applied Technology from Southwest Georgia Technical College with an emphasis in Applied Business Technology; a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministries from Atlanta Christian College; a Master of Divinity in Philosophy from Lincoln Christian Seminary in Lincoln, Illinois; and a Doctor of Ministry in Conflict Management from Trinity University.

“I chose to teach in a technical college to give something back to our community, to help individuals change their lives so that they can meet their own needs and better provide for their families. The greatest joy I receive is seeing the moment when a student “gets it,” when a concept is grasped or a decision is made that changes and creates growth in that person’s life,” said Eidson.

Dr. Eidson will represent Albany Tech on a regional and state level for The Rick Perkins Award for Excellence in Technical Instruction. The six regional winners receive statewide recognition for their achievement, and then move to state-level competition. Final state-level judging occurs in May, and the Rick Perkins Award Winner is announced at the GOAL/Rick Perkins Award Banquet.

The Rick Perkins Award winner serves as an ambassador for technical education in Georgia. He or she will make many public appearances throughout the year including addresses to the Georgia General Assembly, the Governor and the Georgia Technical College System Leadership Conference.

*Pictured (left to right): ATC Instructor of the Year, Dr. Steve Eidson and ATC President, Dr. Anthony Parker

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