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Lanier Tech names 2023 student, instructor of the year
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Lanier Technical College has announced its Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) student of the year and its Rick Perkins instructor of the year. 

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Janet Chapman.

According to a press release by the college, both awards are announced annually and are given based on leadership, academic excellence, belief in technical education and passion for entering the workforce or for workforce development. 

Lanier Tech’s 2023 GOAL student of the year is Janet Chapman, who is enrolled in the college’s cosmetology program. GOAL is a statewide program for all 22 of the schools in the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) and honors excellence in academics and leadership among their cohort. Chapman was nominated by the cosmetology program’s director and instructor, Jayna Durden, for her exceptional leadership, decorum and dedication to her future career in cosmetology. 

“I am very thankful for the experience, and it has already changed my life,” Chapman said in the release. “I look forward to representing Lanier Technical College at the upcoming regional competitions.” 

Lanier Tech’s 2023 Rick Perkins instructor of the year is John Leverett, who is the program director and instructor for the school’s Motorsports Vehicle Technology program. Like GOAL, the Rick Perkins instructor of the year award is a statewide program for all 22 of TCSG’s schools and aims to showcase outstanding instructors in the college system. Leverett was nominated by one of his students who, according to the release, said that “He is an exceptional instructor that shows care, empathy and enthusiasm. He is also a top-notch leader of the program”. 

“The opportunity to be recognized by my peers and students for teaching motorsports has been very rewarding,” Leverett said in the release. “I’ve had a personal connection to this program since its inception, and it feels surreal to have seen this program grow into what it is today. I’m grateful to all who made this possible, and I hope to continue to education the next generation of race car technicians.” 

12272022 John Leverett
John Leverett.

Both Chapman and Leverett will go on to compete against other regional technical colleges before regional competition-winning students and instructors compete for the title of TCSG’s Overall GOAL students of the year and Rick Perkins instructor of the year. The final competition will be held in Atlanta in April of 2023.