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Mathis is SkillsUSA State Advisor of the Year


Faye Mathis (center) has been named the 2009 SkillsUSA State Advisor of the Year. Mathis received the award at the Skills competition April 19 in Augusta, Georgia, for exemplary service and leadership to students of Georgia SkillsUSA.  She was nominated by Andrew Jefferson, Continuing Education Director at Augusta Tech and fellow technical college SkillsUSA advisor.

According to Jefferson, “Faye has been an advisor for the Okefenokee Technical College SkillsUSA chapter since 1995, back when it was called VICA. Over the years, Faye has faithfully prepared Skills members for numerous conferences, including Fall Leadership, state contests and conferences, and the National Conference in Kansas City, Mo.” Mathis Advisor of Year

According to Jewell Sweat, Dean of Instruction for Allied Health programs at OTC where Mathis is the respiratory care technology program director, “Faye has always encouraged students to enter competition, and many of her students have won top awards.”

OTC President Gail Thaxton (right) and SGA co-advisor Sally Smith (left) were on hand recently to congratulate Mathis and view her unique and well-deserved award. Thaxton, Sweat, and Smith expressed gratitude to Mathis for her hard work, dedication, and enthusiasm.

Mathis, a native of Wayne County, holds a master’s degree in education from Valdosta State University and is currently working toward a doctorate degree. She has two children, Alex and Brandon, and one grandchild, Keegan. Her parents are Mrs. Shirley Curry of Jesup and the late Willie Curry.

The State SkillsUSA Directors' Association created the Advisor of the Year award to recognize and honor dedicated career and technical education instructors who serve as SkillsUSA advisors. State winners are submitted to the regional national competition. At the National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City, Mo., regional winners will be interviewed and a national winner selected.


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