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OTC’s Outstanding Instructors Announced

Margaret Brunson

Dr. Ronald Key, vice president of instruction at Okefenokee Technical College (OTC), recently announced the college’s finalists for the 2006 Rick Perkins Award for Excellence in Technical Education.

The following instructors are nominees for the title of Okefenokee Technical College “2006 Instructor of the Year” – Margaret Brunson, cosmetology; Bob Cardwell, electronics; and Brent Johnson, computer information systems.

These instructors will be interviewed by a panel of judges from industry and business, and one of them will be selected to represent OTC at the consortium judging.

Mrs. Brunson came to OTC in 2002 from Altamaha Technical College, where she had taught cosmetology since 1991. Prior to becoming an instructor, Mrs. Brunson was owner and operator of her own beauty shop, Suddenly Beautiful Salon, for ten years. Her shop was located in Folkston, Georgia, her home.

Mrs. Brunson is a licensed Master Cosmetologist with the Georgia State Board of Cosmetology and a licensed cosmetology instructor. She has served as the Southeast IFCC Chair since 2005, was a Rick Perkins nominee in 2004, and an OTC Lighthouse Institute Recipient in 2003 and 1998.Bob Cardwell

She was awarded the Master Educator, Dynamic Team Building Certificate in 2004 and the Becoming a Master Educator Certificate in 1998 by the Milady Career Institute. In 1992 she was awarded the Altamaha Technical College Most Outstanding New Instructor award.

Mrs. Brunson has also served as National Vocational Honor Society advisor. She is a member of the National Cosmetology Association and the Cosmetology Educators of America.

She is also actively involved in her community, as well. She has served as a CHOICES presenter at Charlton County High School, as a Relay for Life participant, and as a cosmetology service volunteer for St. Ila Rehab Center, Magnolia House for Women, the Waycross Service League (charitable project), and Baptist Village.

Bob Cardwell, Jr., electronics instructor since 1998, earned his Master’s of Education from Valdosta State University in 1999 and his Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1984.

Other training or educational achievements for Cardwell include Electronics Tech Journeyman Training, Electronics Tech Apprentice Training, USAF Officer Training, and Basic Military Training – all obtained at the USAF Technical School. He was a 1972 graduate of Ware County High School.

Cardwell also has many years of military experience. During this time, Cardwell authored and coordinated the publication of developmental-testing technical reports for five major USAF weapon systems, was flight commander responsible for basic military training of 25 officer candidates, and managed a field office at a department of defense contractor’s facility.

Prior to accepting the position of electronics instructor at OTC, Cardwell taught applied physics and physical science at Pierce County High School. He was an Electrical Engineer and USAF Officer from 1985 until 1993.Brent Johnson

At OTC, Cardwell has had many achievements. He was awarded the Excellence in e-Learning award in 2003 and nominated for the Rick Perkins award that same year. In 2001 he was inducted into the DTAE Lighthouse Institute. He served as a member of the Georgia Physics Teacher Certification Assessment Committee in 1997- 1998. Prior to OTC, he was awarded the Tandy Technology Scholars Outstanding Teacher award in 1994.

Active in his profession, he is a member of the Computing Technology Industry Association, the International College Electronic Teachers Association, the International Electronic Technician Articulation Committee, and the Electronics Technicians Association International.

He is active in his church, where he is a member of the Board of Directors. He also has served as a Scoutmaster for over 16 years. He currently assists the BSA Okefenokee Area Council and has been a member of the Boy Scout Troop 309 committee since 2001.

Brent Johnson, Computer Information System and Business Office Technology instructor on the Alma Campus holds a Bachelor of Science in Middle Grades Education from Valdosta State University. He is a Bacon County graduate and obtained his Associate of Science in General Studies from South Georgia College in Douglas.

Prior to joining the OTC staff, Johnson was the project manager/network engineer for Duro Communications Inc., in Valdosta, Georgia. He has earned the following certifications: A+ Certified Service Technician, Microsoft Office Specialist in Word (2000-2003), Access 2002, and Excel 2000.

In addition to his teaching duties, Johnson provides technical support for the Alma Campus. He serves on the Bacon County High School Community Business Committee and was a 2003 Rick Perkins Award nominee for OTC.

Johnson and his family are members of Pine Level Free Will Baptist Church, where he is an Associate Deacon, the Wednesday night teen class teacher, and the Children’s Church Coordinator.




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